Many Louisiana residents who are applying for Social Security disability may feel the program is impossible to conquer. After all, those with disabilities are sometimes denied at first and need to appeal in order to receive the benefits that they deserve. However, those who are currently applying may be reassured that the qualifications for Social Security disability are expanding, according to recent numbers.
In June 2012, Social Security reported it was paying benefits to some 8,733,461 disabled people, an increase compared to the 8,707,185 disabled people that were served in the previous month. Furthermore, a look at the trend shows that the rate of people in the program is increasing. A glimpse of the past decade shows that Social Security disability has expanded to more than twice its size to accommodate more people.
In addition to providing benefits for disabled people, Social Security disability can also provide benefits to the family members of the disabled person. Often, spouses are forced to take on important caretaker roles for the disabled, which may force them to choose between providing for their family or taking care of their spouse. Social Security disability benefits make that decision easier for some of these spouses. Furthermore, children of the disabled are also eligible for benefits. in June, 165,469 spouses and 1,899,756 children of disabled people were supported by the program.
For those who are struggling with applying for Social Security disability, the application and approval process may seem overwhelming, especially as they struggle with their disabilities. However, they may be comforted that Social Security disability is still actively qualifying people for the benefits program. In this way, those who are disabled can still contribute to their families and spouses, despite any difficulties that they may otherwise face.
Source: CNS News, "8,733,461: Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City," Terence P. Jeffrey, July 2, 2012