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Changes to Social Security Disability in 2023

If you’re currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits, or you’re considering applying for them, it’s important to stay up-to-date on changes to the program. In 2023, there are several significant changes to Social Security Disability that you should be aware of.

  1. Increased benefits: For the first time in a decade, Social Security Disability beneficiaries will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in 2023. This means that monthly payments will increase by 5.9% starting in January 2023. This increase is due to rising inflation, and it’s a much-needed boost for those who rely on these benefits.
  2. Longer waiting periods: Unfortunately, with the increase in applications for Social Security Disability benefits, the wait time for a decision on a new claim is now averaging between six to eight months. This extended wait period can be frustrating for those who are struggling financially due to their disability, but it’s important to be patient during the process.
  3. Changes to eligibility requirements: The Social Security Administration has revised some of the eligibility requirements for disability benefits, which may make it harder for some individuals to qualify. Specifically, the new rules focus on the evaluation of mental disorders and drug addiction. The changes to the evaluation of mental disorders will now be based on the medical evidence in the claimant’s medical record, and drug addiction will be evaluated as a contributing factor.
  4. Expanded vocational training programs: In an effort to help those who are able to work but require additional training, Social Security has expanded vocational training programs. These programs are designed to help individuals obtain the skills and training they need to re-enter the workforce and become self-sufficient.

If you have questions about how these changes may impact your Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Shivam Patel,  we specialize in Social Security Disability and we can help guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you get the benefits you deserve.

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