In California, people who have a debilitating respiratory disorder that prevents them from working may be able to obtain financial assistance from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Benefits from SSDI are administered by the federal government and disbursed from a trust to which U.S. workers contribute throughout the course of their careers. The contributions are made as part of every worker's payroll withholdings.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants in California, as in the rest of the United States, have been plagued by delays in both initial claims decisions and most egregiously, in the wait times for hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a recently-released report, says that crushing workloads and a failure to fully adopt technologies that would increase efficiencies at the Social Security Administration (SSA) is part of what is causing the delays. The report goes on to detail the challenges that SSA faces in trying to serve SSDI benefits claimaints.
Skin disorders are often more than cosmetic. They can be a source of extreme discomfort, sometimes to the extent that it affects one's ability to work. When they become this severe, such impairments can also be economically debilitating for those who suffer from them. In cases where an individual is unable to work, they may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to help offset some of the financial hardships and lost wages from being out of work.