Fewer People Qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) Under Tighter Standards

person filing out social security disability paperwork

Stricter eligibility standards have led to a decreasing number of new applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). A full article detailing the issue appears here.

Last year, fewer than 1.5 Million U.S. citizens applied to the Social Security Administration for SSD benefits—the lowest number of applicants reported since 2002. According to current numbers, the reversal of a decades-old trend continues. The SSA pins declining numbers on several key factors:

  • Baby Boomers at retirement age are leaving the system
  • A tighter application process results in fewer approvals
  • Better job numbers bring more jobs for the disabled

Per those who study these trends, the Social Security Administration has made the application process for benefits harder—and has closed 67 field offices since 2010. The effects quickly became apparent when SSA tightened standards for disability claims. The odds of filing a successful appeal fell from 69 percent in 2008 to 48 percent in 2015.

In September of 2014, 8.96 Million Americans received disability benefits—dropping down to 8.63 Million in May of 2018. This sharply contrasts disability roles that have more than doubled within the past 25 years.

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