Senator notes backlogs in Social Security negatively affect disabled taxpayers

Senate joint economic committee chairman Dan Coats (Republican of Indiana) told the committee on Wednesday, November 4 that the average waiting time of 114 days for an initial decision regarding the disability benefit claims brought forward by Social Security Disability Insurance applicants to the Social Security Administration and the 480 days for the appeal heightens the risk of fraud and “slows awards of benefits to individuals who need them.”

According to Coats, the General Accountability Office, an investigative branch of Congress, has found that $11 billion in over-payments had been made during the last decade, while the SSA said 44.5% of participants have been given more than they were entitled to receive in benefits.

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