Social Security

 

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.

 
 

News

 

12/1/2014

Coalition Letter Asks President to Protect SSDI in FY 2016 Budget

This letter asks that President Obama include in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 a temporary reallocation of the payroll tax to shore up the trust fund for Social Security Disability Insurance.

pdf File SSSC WH Reallocation Letter with Organizations FINAL (1).pdf [download]
 
 

1/9/2014

AUCD supports Senator Harkin in Protecting Unemployment and Disability Insurance

Negotiations over the extension of unemployment have considered using Social Security Disability Insurance as a "pay-for", limiting the ability of people who who receive SSDI to also receive unemployment insurance payments. AUCD strongly opposes any amendment that restricts SSDI payments to qualified beneficiaries also receiving unemployment insurance.

pdf File AUCD UI Letter Harkin.pdf [download]
 
 

11/6/2013

7 Reasons You Are Absolutely Required to Educate Policymakers

Need some inspiration? Read our 7 reasons why you must educate policymakers.

 
 

10/8/2013

AUCD Response to 60 Minutes Story on SSDI

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.

 
 

10/7/2013

Join in ABLE Act Advocacy!

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.

 
 

9/14/2012

AUCD Signs onto CCD Social Security Task Force Testimony

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.

pdf File Ways & Means SSDI Hearing - Marty Ford.pdf [download]
 
 

2/8/2012

CCD Submits Statement for the Record on the Future of the SSDI Program

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).

doc File CCD statement WM SSDI hrg 1-24-2012.doc [download]
 
 

7/29/2011

Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011 (H.R. 2581)

Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) and six cosponsors introduced H.R. 2581, the Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011.

 
 

7/29/2011

The Seniors Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 2590)

Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and 18 cosponsors introduced H.R. 2590, the Seniors Protection Act of 2011, on July 19, 2011.

 
 
 

Resources

 

1/23/2014

AUCD Issue Brief on Final FY14 Appropriations

President Obama signed the omnibus appropriations bill to fund the remainder of fiscal year 2014. AUCD has prepared this issue brief on the funding for programs important to the AUCD Network and people with disabilities.

pdf File FY14 Final Appropriations.pdf [download]
 
 
 

Related Links

 

Disability and Social Security webpage

Resources and information from the CCD Social Security Task Force
 
 

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force

CCD Task Force monitors activity regarding SSDI and SSI support programs.
 
 

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

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.

 
 

Social Security Works

The Social Security Works mission is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations.
 
 

Strengthen Social Security Campaign

A coalition of over 125 national and state organizations working to strengthen Social Security.
 
 

The National Academy of Social Insurance

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance.
 
 

Social Security History

Socialsecurity.gov's collection of the institutional history of the Social Security Administration and the history of the Social Security program. Includes text of the 1935 Social Security Act.
 
 

Social Security Administration (SSA)