With the ailing economy, many have found that they are unable to find a job by the time their unemployment benefits run out, even with the government extensions that have been put in place. Especially among older populations, good jobs that pay well are hard to come by. This has led many to turn to Social Security Disability benefits to help them stay afloat. These benefits provide a monthly cash benefit as well as access to state-funded insurance.
The Social Security Administration has just announced new rules - accessible through the Federal Registry online - that will enable what it calls America's "most vulnerable citizens" to qualify more quickly for Social Security Disability benefits. The rules will be effective November 12, 2010.The persons who will be eligible to have their applications fast-tracked will be those persons with the most severe disabilities. Under the agency's Quick Disability Determination (QDD) and Compassionate Allowance (CAL) processes, 88 specific diseases and conditions have been identified as qualifying for fast-track treatment without the need for medical approval or the input of psychological consultants.
The process for obtaining Social Security disability benefits is widely known as an arduous, time-confusing and complex endeavor in the best of times. In the trouble-ridden economy that has adversely affected so many people, traversing the bureaucracy and ultimately securing benefits has become even more difficult.