Social Security offices Overwhelmed and Underfunded

Social Security… “also has been buckling under a backlog of applications for benefits pending before administrative law judges. Since Barnhart took over the agency at the end of 2001, the backlog of cases has almost doubled: from 400,000 to 750,000 projected by the end of September. It often takes applicants more than two years — and sometimes twice that long — to receive benefits. The people affected most by the delays are those with disabilities seeking benefits.”
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