Why Is There Regional Variation in the Numbers of Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries?
One of the major critiques of the DI and SSI programs is that rates of receipt vary considerably by region across the country. This, argue the critics, suggests significant inconsistencies at the various decision-making levels, and in the enforcement of DI and SSI eligibility criteria. Today we will examine the various factors that account for regional variations in rates of DI and SSI receipt. Certainly, it is reasonable to ask why such regional variation exists, and inconsistencies are inevitable in any bureaucracy, including the Social Security Administration (SSA). But consider for a moment the pronounced regional differences across the United… Learn More