This article deals with several things. First of all, with the backlog in disability claims, which is extreme and immoral. It is immoral IMO when elected representatives allow their constituents to needlessly suffer because they refuse to adequately fund a federal agency to a level that is necessary for the agency to do its job. What I am saying is that the problem for the last 20 years has been Congress. This article also points out that there are too few administrative law judges (this has been true for well well over a decade). Finally, It also points out that the attempt is being made to cheat claimants out of a fair remand hearing. For those who are unaware, a remand hearing is a second hearing by the same judge after the appeals council has determined that there was something wrong with the decision of the ALJ when he/she denied the case.
Social Security Administration Seeks Shortcut Through Massive Disability Backlog
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