The Washington Post recently noted the struggles that most claimants feel while waiting for a disability decision.
It reported that the average wait time for a hearing decision is 600 days. There have been many reasons contributing to this long wait time, including resources, increase in application, staffing, and the aging of the baby boomers.
The Social Security Administration plans to hire additional ALJs in the hopes that it will reduce the wait time. But recent statistics suggest that the long wait times are not merely a function of insufficient ALJs, but that the ratio of hearing office staff to ALJs must be adjusted in order to positively affect productivity and efficiency.
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