When Wait Times Become A Death Sentence: A Look Inside Backlog For Disability Benefits
The Washington Post investigates the ever-growing backlog for people seeking disability benefits.
The Washington Post:
597 Days. And Still Waiting.
On the 597th day, the day he hoped everything would change, Joe Stewart woke early. He took 15 pills in a single swallow. He shaved his head. And then he got down to the business of the day, which was the business of every day, and that was waiting. He looked outside, and saw his mother there in a green sedan, engine running. So many months he had waited for this moment, and now it was here. Time for his Social Security disability hearing. Time to go. (McCoy, 11/20)