Social Security Disability: Efforts to Improve Claims Process Have Fallen Short and Further Action is Needed Page: 4 of 15
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and resources fall below a certain threshold. SSI payments are financed
from general tax revenues, and SSI beneficiaries are usually poorer than
DI beneficiaries. In 2001, more than 6 million individuals received almost
$28 billion in SSI benefits.5
The process to obtain SSA disability benefits is complex and fragmented;
multiple organizations are involved in determining whether a claimant is
eligible for benefits. As shown in figure 1, the current process consists of
an initial decision and up to three levels of administrative appeals if the
claimant is dissatisfied with SSA's decision. Each level of appeal involves
multistep procedures for evidence collection, review, and decision-
5 Some DI beneficiaries have incomes low enough to qualify them for SSI; therefore, they
receive benefits from both programs.
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United States. General Accounting Office. Social Security Disability: Efforts to Improve Claims Process Have Fallen Short and Further Action is Needed, text, June 11, 2002; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc289743/m1/4/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.