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USA Today
June 19, 2011

Backlog grows for Social Security appeals
By Kevin McCoy

More than 728,000 Americans are awaiting appeal hearings for Social Security disability benefits, a 5% jump in pending cases during the last year, a new report shows. The increase, partly a result of more disabled persons unable to find jobs during the recession, may make it harder for the Social Security Administration to continue reducing waiting times for benefits rulings, according to the analysis. "History shows that if this growth is unchecked, as hearing dockets become more and more clogged, wait times will grow," said the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research organization at Syracuse University that studied the data through March 31.

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