At year-end, 801,428 people were waiting for a hearing to determine whether they would be awarded their benefits. Overall, the national average wait time has decreased 67 days from an all-time high of 605 days in 2017.
Social Security disability (and SSI for that matter also) is a total disability program, not a short term or temporary disability program. This sets social security apart from veterans benefits which are often awarded on the basis of percentages. Social security disability and SSI benefits are given when the condition is 100 percent disabling, and not any less, according to the definition of disability used by SSA (social security administration).
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will reinstate the Reconsideration step of the disability adjudication process in 10 states beginning in 2019. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants in those states will need to prepare for a new and unfamiliar appeals process and potentially longer waits for their benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the addition of five conditions to the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program on Aug. 20. This program is critical for individuals with severe health conditions when they apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.