Disability Applications Plunge As Economy Strengthens

June 28, 2018

Excellent article in the New York Times from last week detailing the significant drop in disability applications and explaining some of the reasons why which include:

  • Baby Boomers move off of the disability program and over to the retirement program;
  • A decrease in unemployment makes employers look towards disabled individuals as prospective employees; and
  • A significant drop in the number of disability claims being paid on appeal due to retraining of judges who were paying “too many” claims.  Now a person’s chance of being approved for benefits after an appeal is around 48% in 2015, down from 69% in 2008.

Read the whole article here:



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