National Journal’s Dylan Scott reports on prospects for a deal to delay the insolvency of the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which is projected to occur in late 2016.
Congress is working on legislation that would package together various reforms to the Social Security disability program with the aim of avoiding a big benefit cut next year, according to lawmakers, congressional aides, and lobbyists interviewed by National Journal.
But many tracking and working on the issue expect things to go down to the wire, and tempers are sure to flare over the third rail of American politics.
No final product exists, and the House and Senate likely will release separate bills, but there is an emerging picture of what the reform legislation ultimately would look like. Changes to the administrative-review process, work incentives, fraud provisions, and some pilot projects are among the items expected to make it into a bill that Congress hopes to pass to avoid a catastrophic 20-percent cut for those who receive disability insurance.
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