Legislators Angered at SSA’s Slow Improvement

Today’s Portland Oregonian reports that despite an infusion of $148 million and attention at the highest levels, the Social Security Administration has made little progress reducing an enormous backlog of disability claims for the nation’s sickest and most vulnerable people, a House subcommittee heard Tuesday.

The hearing into the agency’s record came amid rising criticism for the bulky and overloaded system that often forces aged, blind and disabled Americans to wait three years or more to learn if they qualify for disability payments that average $492 a month. See Oregonian story here: