From today’s Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
One million people by 2010. That’s the estimated backlog of pending cases for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
To handle that increase, due largely in part to the aging of baby boomers, the approval and appeals process must be altered.
The Social Security Administration is making an effort to screen and prioritize cases that are or will be 1,000 days old by the end of September.
That’s a start. But those are just bare minimums. Implementing those things won’t be enough to address the growing backlog, currently at 745,000 cases.