The question I have today is why it is that when a disabled person applies for Disability it takes 3 months ,no 6 months, no one year, no Two years ,oops that may be wrong too, to receive benefits?
When will someone step in and investigate and change this out of control system. Social Security, SSI are two programs designed to help disabled people but the help is not always on time, if it ever arrives. According to friends of mine , Social Security will deny a person up to three times before approving a claim, Even if they are deemed disabled.
I did not believe it, I thought it was an urban myth. Until I spent time with people attempting to get the help they need. Until the day I went to the hearing set 15 months after the first application a person I know made. ( now I hear it takes up to 2 years or more to get to a hearing in front of a judge)
I went to the hearing call it moral support. She was being given the opportunity to have her case heard. The judge ask the SS representative their side of the story. They said and I quote. “Oh she is disabled and we have no argument against her claim. The Judge looking as stunned as we were said “good” and the claim was approved within seconds after our arrival.”
So why did they wait 15 months and force this woman to live on 200.00 dollars a month via the county? I don’t know , My thoughts were okay this is just one incident. Someone in the system screwed up. That is when I meet several others going through the process. One woman , has been attempting to get SS for over a year now. She is developmentally delayed and should have been receiving benefits since childhood.No one ever helped her. Hence the delay of benefits for her. She is going in three weeks to have another IQ test done, this will make the 3rd I believe. In the mean time she is living on 200 dollars a month.
A 50 year old man with severe mental and medical disabilities. Defined as disabled by no less the 3 doctors. WAs given his initial refusal in the fall of 2008, he had not paid enough in to collect at the initial application. Two months later he received verification that he could receive 700 dollars a month for disability, he had finally paid in enough.Frustrated he just sat on his hands and did not reapply for another 2 years. ( I hear that is what Social Security tries hard for, deny them and they just might go away. In the mean time he apply for medical assistance and he prays. The application process took about 5 months MA DENIED, Minnesota health care; 4 months later it was finally approved.
Maybe I am wrong, for as much education as I have I understand that you can not use specific cases as evidence that something bad is occurring. Someone must write the theory and test it. Others must spend time retesting it and come up with the same results. If there is enough evidence that it is occurring maybe in say 10 years a bill will get to a committee, and the Democrats and Republicans and can start the process of fixing it. In the mean time, I am collecting cardboard boxes so the disabled can have a roof over their head.