Tuesday, May 10, 2016

McCrery & Pomeroy: “It's time for action on Social Security disability insurance.”

Former Reps. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) are the authors of a new book, “SSDI Solutions: Ideas To Strengthen The Social Security Disability Insurance Program,” featuring essays from a dozen experts on disability policy and reform.

Writing in The Hill, McCrery and Pomeroy argue that Congress needs to enact disability reforms, not merely to strengthen the program’s finances but to make it better serve the disabled:

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides vital benefits to 11 million workers with disabilities and their families, but much could be done to improve the program for those who depend on it, those who pay into it, and society as a whole. And while last year’s budget deal temporarily delayed the program’s funding crisis until 2022, it took only very minor steps toward improving the program.

Rather than wait until 2021 to begin a renewed discussion of the SSDI program – a tactic the political system relies on all too often -- Congress, the White House, and the Social Security Administration should use the next six years to develop and enact improvements to the SSDI program.

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