Social Security includes two Federal programs that provide benefits based on disability and are the largest of several programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Eleven million people with disabilities and their families, about one third of recipients, rely on social security for their survival. Workers who pay Social Security taxes qualify for disability and retirement benefits, and, if they die, their spouses and children receive survivors' benefits. People with disabilities may receive Social Security's retirement, survivors, and disability insurance benefits based on their work history, age, or eligibility category. AUCD works to ensure that the Social Security Act and its programs remain solvent and strong.
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The real hidden story of SSDI is myopic Congressional budgeting
Recently, media have been reporting on the Social Security Disability Insurance program, including growth in the program. AUCD encourages media to instead investigate the inadequate Congressional appropriations for program integrity and reforms proposed by the disability community to help people with disabilities return to work.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow qualified individuals with disabilities and their families to use tax-preferred savings accounts to develop assets and gain employment and education while maintaining access to Medicaid and Social Security benefits.
House Ways & Means Committee Hearing on SSDI
On Friday, September 14, 2012, Chairman Johnson and the House Ways & Means Committee held its fifth and final hearing on securing the future of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program. Marty Ford, of the CCD Social Security Task Force, presented testimony on behalf of over 15 national disability rights organizations, explaining the importance of the SSDI program for people with significant disabilities and the ways in which it could be strengthened.
AUCD signed onto the Statement for the Record written by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force. The statement is in response to the January 24th House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing focusing on waste, fraud and abuse in the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI).
Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) and six cosponsors introduced H.R. 2581, the Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011.
Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and 18 cosponsors introduced H.R. 2590, the Seniors Protection Act of 2011, on July 19, 2011.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for low-income disabled children are back in the news, in part because of a recent New York Times column by Nicholas Kristof (see letter from SSI coalition for download). Unfortunately, the program is being subject to some sharp criticism that is based on misunderstanding of key issues related to SSI for poor children with disabilities. Discussion and debates concerning this program should be rooted in facts and data, not impressions, misimpressions, and anecdotes. Here are some key documents released this month which present basic facts about the program and try to clear up some significant misunderstandings.
Resources and information from the CCD Social Security Task Force
CCD Task Force monitors activity regarding SSDI and SSI support programs.
President Obama's bipartisan Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run.