A nationwide surge in Social Security disability claims has hit Michigan disproportionately hard.
The flood has caused a case logjam at the state’s five Social Security hearing offices, which have some of the longest wait times in the nation: nearly two years.
The delay in benefits approval, experts say, can mean a slow slide into poverty, with laid-off workers eating up their savings or even losing their homes. Older workers with health problems are increasingly turning to disability to stay afloat after losing their jobs because they are often less likely to find new employment, experts say. See story here: