For those with serious conditions seeking Social Security disability benefits, the process has got easier. In late 2007, a new program called Compassionate Allowances was started to quickly identify medical conditions that are so severe that they unquestionably qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Although the unstable job market makes it difficult for people to find jobs, people with barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities, are having an even harder time finding jobs.
Many people in Pennsylvania and across the United States are still in need of various types of medical and financial help. There are several programs such as federal and state plans like Medicaid, Medicare and Supplemental Security Income that can be a great help to people struggling to make ends meet.
The Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) has conducted annual Long-Term Disability Claims Reviews since 2005. In their latest quantitative and qualitative analysis, they correlate rising claims with economic uncertainty and "workers [taking] more personal responsibility for their financial security."