SSA-commissioned study examines link between medical system use and benefits eligibility

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One of the persistently difficult tasks for the Social Security Administration has been determining whether people are entitled to disability benefits. At the behest of the Government Accountability Office, SSA commissioned a study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Its purpose was to determine whether heavy use of the medical system was a reliable indicator of someone’s disability. Study Chairman Dan Blazer, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavior sciences at Duke University, shared their findings on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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