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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.