The Social Security Disability program was started in 1957 as a way to help people who can’t work because of health problems.
There has been a surge of benefits to the program in the last decade, according to the Daily Yonder. There were 6.6 million beneficiaries in 2000. By 2009, there were 9.6 million.
To qualify, one has to show that he can’t work due to a disability and that the disability is expected to last for at least one year. Disability benefits go to people with persistent physical or mental problems, such as cancer, chronic back pain, persistent anxiety, schizophrenia, and other conditions.
Currently, the Disability fund is kept separate from the retirement benefits.
The percentage of people receiving Disability payments varies widely from county to county. Rural and small town residents are much more likely to receive Social Security Disability payments than those living in urban counties. Rates of disability in rural America are 80 percent higher than in cities.
Disability payments are concentrated in counties where the jobs require manual labor and where unemployment is traditionally high. Mining and timbering are major industries in many of the counties with the highest percentages of Disability beneficiaries.
Where do you think your state and county fit in to this Social Security Disability geography? Read our next blog on Monday to find out.
If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.