You apply for Social Security disability. It’s not a handout; you’re asking for your own money — money you’ve been contributing with every paycheck you received, through the FICA tax that’s been withheld.
And you get denied.
What? You’re too sick to work, and you’re denied disability payments?
That’s what happens to 69.6 percent of the people in Oregon who apply for Social Security disability. They’re denied the first time they apply.
So they make a “reconsideration request.” And in Oregon, 90.3 percent of those people are denied.
The next step is to ask for a hearing. And the average wait in Portland for a Social Security disability hearing?
It’s 668 days.