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Social Security Disability Applicants' Wait for Benefits Continues
Date:3/30/2009

SSDI wait times still reaching multi-year mark for many claimants; Allsup provides help to claimants who are going it alone

Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) March 30, 2009 -- Some people with disabilities still are experiencing waits as long as two to four years for decisions on their Social Security disability benefits, according to Allsup, which represents tens of thousands of people in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) process each year.

The backlog in the SSDI program continues to face challenges with rising applications and a strained work force at the Social Security Administration. The SSA Office of Inspector General issued a report stating that some individuals may wait as long as one year for a review of their case at the initial level, as long as 16 months at the reconsideration level (level 2), and four years at the hearing level (level 3). The U.S. Committee on Ways and Means also held a hearing March 24 on the continuing Social Security disability backlog.

"We know these are challenging times for people seeking their SSDI benefits," said Jim Allsup, CEO of Allsup, which provides financial and healthcare-related services to people with disabilities that prevent them from working. "Our specialists continue to work hard to help claimants receive their benefits as quickly as possible. We know that those who get representation can see their awards come through faster because they have our
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