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Why is Social Security Disability Insurance Enrollment Increasing?

By Lipton Law on August 13, 2012 - No comments

Last week we discussed a study conducted by the Congressional Budget Office as reported by The Huffington Post on the rise in SSDI enrollment. The study lays out options for fixing the shortfalls in disability funding, including raising taxes and cutting benefits.

The following is some additional and more specific information on the causes for this increase in SSDI enrollment:

  • A change in the law during the Regan administration allowed more people with musculoskeletal problems and mental disabilities to qualify, resulting in an increase in enrollment.
  • More women have entered the workforce since the 1970s, which boosted the working population and generated a larger pool of workers who may become disabled.
  • The poor economy has helped “swell the rolls of America’s disabled,” from an estimated 7.4 million in 2008 to 8.6 million in 2011. When jobs are scarce, employment opportunities for disabled workers may be especially limited.

For disabled individuals, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be of great help, providing vital financial assistance at a time when they may be unable to work and provide for themselves or their family. Unfortunately, the process of applying, as well as appealing if your initial request was denied, can be stressful and overwhelming. For assistance with your disability claim, contact a Social Security Disability Insurance lawyer in Michigan at Lipton Law. We have the knowledge and skills needed to get you the benefits you’re entitled to. Call (248) 557-1688 to discuss your claim.