Many Florida residents are aware of the concerns surrounding Social Security benefits. In fact, most Americans have heard of various proposals and changes made to Social Security in order to maintain its viability for years to come. While there is no clear fix to keep these necessary programs running smoothly, there are some proposals being currently debated.
According to recent reports, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has joined ranks with two other conservative lawmakers to propose reform for Social Security disability benefits. After noting that SSD benefits are currently consuming more in government dollars, their new proposal will alter the evaluation process and how the SSA determines eligibility of applicants.
Based on reports, this proposal will place new qualifying applicants into four groups. These groups will be based on whether the medical improvement of the applicant is expected, likely, possible or not expected. Those in the first three groups will be provided with a timeline. This will detail the length of time he or she should expect to receive disability benefits. However, those expected to not recover from a medical condition will not be provided a timeline.
This proposal suggests that if an applicant in the first three groups has not recovered from his or her medical condition by the end of the timeline, they are allowed to reapply for benefits. This would require reevaluation and a placement in one of the four categories. Rubio has decided to support this proposed bill because he claims such a change is needed. He insists that there have been many problems with SSD benefits program over the past several years, and these need to be solved.
Whether or not changes are made to the SSD programs, it is important to understand your rights and options. Those suffering from disabling conditions should take the time to become fully aware of the process currently in motion, seeking assistance when needed.
Source: Sunshinestatenes.com, “Marco Rubio Joins Conservatives to Reform Social Security Disability Benefits,” Kevin Derby, March 16, 2017