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Social Security Disability Hearing – Chairman’s Opening Statement - House Ways & Means

In a fairly scathing opening statement, the Chairman – (Rep. Drew Ferguson) of the House Sub-Committee hearing on Social Security Disability delays – lambasted the Social Security Administration for what he considers unacceptable service for those seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Chairman said that over 1 million Americans are now waiting for a determination on their initial SSDI application and that it takes, on average, about 220 days for Social Security to process an SSDI claim. That’s about 100 days longer than 2 years ago, and 150 days more than the Agency itself defines as acceptable.

As Social Security Advisors, the AMAC Foundation hears almost daily from those seeking counsel on whether there is anything more they can do to accelerate Social Security’s processes. But the solution to Social Security’s customer service issues lies within the agency itself, and with Congress. Hopefully, this Congressional sub-committee hearing will bear fruit and result in improvements to Social Security’s customer service dilemma, especially relating to disability claims. Click here to read Chairman Ferguson’s intense Opening Statement at the hearing.

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  1. My wife has ovarian cancer. It is not curable and is supposed to make her eligible for expedited processing with SSDI as it’s on the compassionate allowance list. We are approaching a year since we first filed.

    I hate to hire a lawyer, and am unsure if paying for one would expedite the claim. You would think it would be a no brainer. Where can we find the best advice?

    • I am so sorry to hear about your wife’s health issues. Have you checked with Social Security on your wife’s account on for the status of her disability claim? If she does not have an account on, you should call SSA to request a status on her disability claim. If they tell you that someone will call you, make sure you give them your cell phone number and keep it on so you can get the call. Social Security’s main telephone number is 1-800-772-1213.

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