By Clark Kaufmann in the Des Moines Register:
A mounting backlog of unresolved disability claims at the Social Security Administration has kept millions of people waiting years to receive benefits to which they are entitled.
Over the past year, the number of people waiting to have claims processed has grown by more than 30 percent, from 556,000 to more than 736,000, and officials say it may well get worse. Applicants must wait an average of 505 days for a judicial hearing on their claims.
Advocates say the lengthy delays are contributing to foreclosures, divorce, poverty, homelessness and suicide.