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Recent facts about SSD benefits

The federal government's Social Security disability program is somewhat controversial. Many people argue that it is simply too generous in providing SSD benefits, while others believe it is not to be doing enough to help this country's disabled population. It can be difficult to know which argument to believe.

The best place to start looking for answers is with the facts. The average monthly benefit that a person gets through the program is about $1,165, which equates to about $14,000 a year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services currently lists the federal poverty level for individuals at $11,880 per year. People in the lowest income bracket represent close to half of all those who receive SSD.

Enrollment in the program is indeed growing. It expanded from 1.6 percent of all working people to 5.5 percent between 1970 and 2013. Experts attribute this rise to the fact that the population of the United States is getting older and the government has softened its criteria for awarding disability.

Interestingly however, the number of new people who enroll in the program each year remains between 4.7 and 6.4 percent per 1,000 people on disability. This has been the case since 1991.

All these facts and figures aside, Social Security disability benefits can represent a lifeline for people who can no longer work to support themselves due to illness or injury. However, the process of applying for and receiving the benefits can be complicated. Those going through the process can face many setbacks and potential pitfalls. It can be crucial to have the help of an experienced attorney during the application process, at any hearings or appeals, or at almost any point in the process of requesting benefits.

Source: The Fiscal Times, "Who Gets the Most in Disability Pay? 8 Key Social Security Facts," Eric Pianin, Feb. 26, 2016

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