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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:36

Increase in social security cases

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June 6, 2013

 Volume 35, Number 4, April 2013 NOSSCR newsletter includes an analysis of Fact vs. Myth in social security cases.  One of the leading theories for the increase in social security cases is the alleged abuse of the process recounted in many media reports, including the Wall Street Journal.  The NOSSCR analysis tries to debunk the theory.  The number of disability cases has risen in part because of the aging of the baby boomer population, or people born between 1946 and 1964.  Older people are more susceptible to disabilities, and most baby boomers are now well into their 50s and 60s.  The comprehensive analysis also details higher rates of disability linked to lower education levels.  States with lower education standards have higher disability rates.  People who receive disability insurance benefits undergo a sharp drop in living standards, which contradicts the theory that people seeking disability insurance are seeking some kind of payoff.

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