Here is a link to a USA Today article that points out the average wait time for a hearing to appeal a Social Security disability denial is now 17 months. Staffing is down and claims are up so this makes for problems. Please realize this can be solved by Congress and the President providing more funds for the Social Security Administration. The fact is that it is not happening, at least not yet. Political change and a social willingness to deal with this...making it a priority is needed. To know we are a great and free country but cannot take care of our old, disabled or injured is unfortunate. So pay attention to those seeking your vote...what plan do they have to solve this?