Good News! The U.S. Government’s Stimulus Bill contains provisions that will help Social Security Disability claimants.
With all the bleak news in the media about the economy, job loss, and whether the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009–commonly referred to as the Stimulus Bill– will be able to improve the economic prospects of the American people, there is also some good news for America’s disabled.
Among the provisions of the Stimulus package is a one-time $250 stimulus payment to be made to Social Security beneficiaries within 120 days of the enactment of the new law.
Additional good news is that the Social Security Administration has been slated to receive $900 million, of which over half is to be used to process the additional work that SSA is receiving as a result of the economic downturn. This means that Social Security is making plans to hire caseworkers and claims processors to try to move the Agency’s tremendous backlog of cases through the process.
That, together with new procedures set in place to expedite critical cases and to increase the number of “compassionate allowances,” means that the most obviously disabled won’t have to wait months or even years for their claims to be approved by Social Security.