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Less individuals applying for Social Security Disability

There is evidence of fewer individuals applying for disability benefits.  There are several reasons for this.  

1. Social Security Disability has generally made it more difficult for one to be allowed due to stricter standards. 

2. An improved economy. 

3. An increasing number of baby boomers have become eligible for Medicare.

Fewer than 1.5 million applied for disability last year, the lowest since 2002.