Social Security disability hearings: Two-year wait in Michigan

A nationwide surge in Social Security disability claims has hit Michigan disproportionately hard, reports The Detroit News.

The flood has caused a case logjam at the state’s five Social Security hearing offices, which have some of the longest wait times in the nation: nearly two years, according to The News.

It takes an average of 676 days to get a claim processed at Metro Detroit’s Oak Park office — the third longest wait time among the country’s 142 hearings offices. Only the Madison, Wis., and Indianapolis offices are slower at 688 and 719 days, respectively.

Processing takes 659 days in Detroit, which ranks fifth slowest in the country. The average wait time nationwide is 487 days.

To try to shorten the waiting time, the government is opening offices and hiring judges.

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