President Biden recently repealed a ruling made by former President Trump that could have negatively affected those who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration. The ruling wasn’t final, but the Trump Administration tried to push it through during the final days of Trump’s presidency. The proposed changes had the potential to take away disability benefits from hundreds of thousands of recipients, including thousands in California.
Negative impact on recipients
The new changes, if implemented, would have required some current recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits to go through eligibility reviews on a more frequent basis. This would have made it even more difficult for applicants to get benefits they need, and it could have compromised the financial stability of many vulnerable individuals.
Many different groups spoke out about the potential impact of the proposed legislation. If a current recipient did not pass an eligibility review, that individual would lose benefits he or she is currently receiving. This would cause undue stress and complications for families that depend on the modest payments received through the SSDI/SSI program. During his campaign, President Biden pledged to support and expand Social Security.
Help with the process
Individuals in California who are applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration may find the process is complex and frustrating. It is helpful to work with an experienced attorney who can help lower the chance of complications and setbacks. Any potential applicant may want to first learn about eligibility requirements before gathering documentation and moving forward with the application process.