Millions of people apply for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits every year. Recently, the increase in applications has resulted in much new coverage of the growth of the program and the financial issues the Social Security Administration (SSA) face. The trust fund that pays benefits will be exhausted in the next few years and Congress will need to make changes to either the supporting taxes or the benefits.
The SSDI program also faces problems in handling the influx of applications it receives. The ever-present backlog, that the SSA had once managed to begin to reduce, has shown signs of increasing again. The agency has been criticized for its handling of the problem by both opponents of the program, who allege many claims are fraudulent; to disability advocates who note that the payment of benefits to genuinely disabled persons are needlessly delayed by the backlog and appeals.