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Baby boomers blamed for higher disability claims

3 years 11 months 18 hours ago June 24, 2013 Jun 24, 2013 Monday, June 24 2013 June 24, 2013 7:04 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WASHINGTON- Social Security disability claims are being approved at a strikingly high rate for people who may not deserve them according to investigators with the U.S. House of Representatives. Compounding the problem, they claim the agency often fails to do the required follow-up reviews to make sure people still qualify, months or years later. Claims have increased by 25% in the last six-years, pushing the fund that supports disability programs to the brink of insolvency. Administrators at Social Security contend the driving force is a surge of baby boomers more prone to disabilities as they age but are not old enough to qualify for retirement benefits.

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