The Number of People Receiving Disability Benefits Declined by 1.13% in 2016

Posted January 13, 2017 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® The final numbers for those receiving disability benefits in calendar year 2016 are in. By the end of 2016, there were 1.13% fewer people receiving Social Security disability benefits compared to the end of 2015. That is a difference of 100,694 people. This decrease is happening at a time when the aging of the “baby boomer” generation should still be causing increasing numbers of people receiving disability benefits.

There are three main reasons this is happening. First, it is more difficult to get approved for disability benefits. Second, it is taking longer to get approved. And finally, because it is harder to get approved and because it takes longer, many people are discouraged from filing claims in the first place.

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By Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®