Benefits such as those administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are crucial to securing a stable financial future for millions in this country. Unfortunately, the process of applying for and receiving those benefits has become increasingly complex due to Social Security’s lack of funding, staffing shortages, and looming backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While there have been positive developments in the past year, including the return to in-person services in field offices and for hearings, as well as a major COLA increase for 2023, more needs to be done by Congress to help improve Social Security’s administrative processes.
Obstacles to gaining an approval
We see our clients struggle each day as they move slowly through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application process, with many applicants waiting more than two years for a decision with no guarantee. With less than half of SSDI applications approved after initial receipt, it is crucial applicants receive the appropriate support – starting with their initial application and continuing through any subsequent appeals, if necessary.
At Brown & Brown Absence Services Group, we remain focused on advocating for Social Security benefits for individuals who are among the most at-risk and vulnerable populations in the country today. We offer guidance and support and shoulder as much of the application process as we can for our clients, including handling contact and submission with Social Security, so they can focus on their health while we focus on their claim.
It has become increasingly difficult in the past few years for applicants to navigate the SSDI application and appeal processes. We all have a responsibility to do better for them.
Using our voice
We are proud to have a voice within the marketplace. Ahead of the holiday season, we wrote to Acting Social Security Commissioner Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, offering her and the entire Social Security Administration support to address the many obstacles standing in the way of individuals securing benefits timely and accurately. Dr. Kijakazi remains persistent in her pursuit of ensuring clients receive services timely and safely. While we stand in support of these efforts, additional action must be taken to support the growing population of those in need of Social Security services. We urge Congress to take the necessary steps to help support the staffing, technological, and other needs of the Administration to provide applicants the needed support during such a difficult time.
Taking the next steps
At Brown & Brown, we use our history and brand in the market and our industry-wide expertise to help get in front of changes or disruptions that may occur. By using our resources, we more actively equip ourselves with the tools needed to navigate any further Social Security disruptions while providing support to those navigating the tumultuous application process.
If you require assistance filing for Social Security benefits or have already started the process and would like additional support, be sure to reach out to Brown & Brown today.