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.