U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) called a press conference, Monday, to announce legislation to expedite the Social Security Administration disability claims process. Thousands of Tampa Bay area families are caught in a multi-year backlog.
Steadily lengthening delays in the resolution of Social Security disability claims have left hundreds of thousands of people in a kind of purgatory, now waiting as long as three years for a decision. From fiscal year 1997 through 2006, backlogged disability claims in the Social Security Administrations processing system doubled, reaching about 576,000 cases.
Two-thirds of those who appeal an initial rejection eventually win their cases; but after years of delay, more and more people are losing their homes, declaring bankruptcy or even dying while awaiting an appeals hearing. See article here: