Please join us for a Heritage Foundation Hill Lunch Event:
Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund Exhaustion Calls for Reforms, Not A Bailout
Thursday, February 19
11:30AM to 12:30PM
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund is in immediate danger of being depleted. Beneficiaries face a nearly 20 percent indiscriminate cut to their benefits before the end of 2016. Last year, 11 million disabled workers and their eligible spouses and children received SSDI benefits—for many, SSDI is their only source of income. Congress should address the SSDI trust fund’s impending shortfall by making eligibility and benefit changes that preserve benefits for those who truly need them, while encouraging those who are able to return to work to do so.
In conjunction with the release of a new essential primer on how the SSDI programs work, the Heritage Foundation invites attendees to explore sources of recent growth in SSDI participation and avenues for reform. In light of the recent House rules change that seeks to prevent an unconditional SSDI bailout, congressional debate over SSDI reforms will likely take place this year.
Romina Boccia, Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, The Heritage Foundation.
Jason Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, The Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Marc Goldwein, Senior Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Ted McCann, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee