House Holds Hearing for Social Security Judges

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Lesson title

House Holds Hearing for Social Security Judges

Video title, link and release date

House Holds Hearing for Social Security Judges, June 30, 2013

Video Length

Three minutes, seven seconds

Grade Level

High school

Summary

On June 27th, administrative law judges testified in front of the House of Representatives in response to concerns that some judges are making it too easy to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits–focusing on reducing the backlog as opposed to properly analyzing the eligibility of recipients.

Despite progress that the Social Security Administration has made in reducing wait times for benefits, the amount of people still awaiting benefits continues to grow. Disability advocates pointed out that two-thirds of claims for SSDI benefits are initially rejected.

During the past 10 years, the amount of people receiving SSDI services has jumped from 7.6 million to almost 11 million, which is likely the result of demographic changes.

Review Questions

1. On average, how long is the wait time for benefits?

 

2. What are these judges being accused of?

 

3. What percentage of claims for SSDI benefits are initially rejected?

Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Why do you think that a higher percentage of claims for SSDI benefits receive services upon appeal after they were initially rejected?

What do you want to know more about?