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High Denial Rate in Disability Cases From Social Security Administration


             Delaware’s Congressional Delegation wants the Social Security Administration to explain why its Dover administrative law judges have some of the highest denial rates in disability cases.

            The Wilmington News Journal reports that the agency denial rate has been 57 percent in the cases they have heard since October of last year.

            That is compared to the national average of 41 percent.

            In the fiscal years of 2010 and 2011 the state denial rates ranged from 54 percent to 60 percent.

            Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons as well as Congressman John Carney wrote to the Social Security Commissioner after getting years of complaints from hundreds of Delawareans.


Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.