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Thousands of Americans Die Waiting on SSA Hearing Appeals: Report

If the Social Security Administration denies their claim, people seeking disability benefits have the right to appeal, and because most applicants are turned down the first time they apply, just a quarter of eventually get approved, according to data from the SSA.

But better scenarios have resulted due to appeals processes which have had a good chance of succeeding after the Government Accountability Office found that 49 percent of people who filed appeals between 2008 to 2019 were ultimately successful in receiving disability benefits, CBS News reported.

The SSA issues more than a half-million hearing and appeal dispositions each year, and while a request for Appeals Council review can be completed online at www.ssa.gov, administration staff can also help people complete the appeals form.

“It is absolutely unconscionable that thousands of Americans suffer and die every year waiting for a final decision to get the modest Social Security benefits they need to survive,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement. “People with disabilities trying to access their earned benefits are forced to wait years before they even get a hearing.”

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