Monies Allocated to Help Process Disability Claims

The economic stimulus bill previously passed by the US Congress provided the Social Security Administration (SSA) an additional $500 million to process retirement and disability workloads. The increase of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims was caused by the economic downturn and the ever-increasing number of baby boomers becoming eligible for benefits. Part of the allocation was slated for labor costs and new employee hirings, but the lion’s share went to the offices of Operations and Disability Adjudication and Review, as well as for health information technology research and activities to facilitate the adoption of electronic medical records in disability claims.