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Subject:  Re: Disability: How the unemployed survive Date:  3/24/2013  1:53 PM
Author:  WatchingTheHerd Number:  418758 of 501119

I heard the same story on NPR yesterday while driving around for errands.

A story like this yields many insights about unintended consequences and basic management. One key statistic from the story I may be mis-remembering slightly was that something like two thirds of disability claims are REJECTED in the "first round" but now nearly 90 percent of appeals are APPROVED. That has two related, perverse effects:

1) it encourages more people to appeal the first layer of decision making
2) it involves more expensive resources for the government and the claimant in the appeals process

If you assume that X percent of claimants really SHOULD get benefits, the management of the process should be structured in a way that ensures you come as close to X percent approval on the right claimants in t