Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Help Denied Disability Benefit Applicants
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act (H.R. 3310) in order to help denied disability benefit applicants return to the workforce. Specifically, the bill calls on the Commissioner of Social Security to provide information about employment support services to individuals who are not awarded disability benefits.
“We’ve seen that the longer someone’s been out of the workforce, the harder it can be to get back in it,” said Johnson. “This can be especially true for folks who are denied disability benefits. That is where my bill comes into play. If the Commissioner provides information to denied applicants about employment support services, we can help folks find the resources they need to get back to work.”
Disability benefits are for individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last for at least a year or result in death. When someone applies for disability benefits, they face an average wait time of over 100 days for an initial decision regarding their claim. Generally, applicants remain out of the workforce during this time in order to prove the claim. Many applicants who are initially denied decide to appeal their claim and subsequently spend additional time out of the workforce.
The Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act encourages the Commissioner of Social Security to provide denied disability benefit applicants information about public and private non-profit employment support services to help these individuals reenter the workforce.