Addressing Threats to SSDI and SSI

Recently, we have blogged about issues that may come up regarding Social Security funding over the next year and attacks that have been made on people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Photo of courthouse

The SSDI program is expected to run out of funds by the end of 2016, unless something is done to address issues. Because of this, there have been many false claims made in the media against the system and against beneficiaries.

With this in mind, recently, there was an editorial on Behavioral.net by Ron Manderscheid, the executive director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD), addressing funding threats to both SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), from a mental healthcare perspective.

“We must demonstrate to the Congress that almost 5.5 million persons with mental illness and ID/DD disabilities depend upon these programs for their very lives! Funding reductions for these programs simply are unacceptable,” Manderscheid wrote.

Manderscheid noted that changes need to be made to disability and income requirements to make them less stringent. He indicated that this could possibly help people who may be able to return to work after receiving benefits, if their disabilities allow it, which may help alleviate growth or stressors in the system.

To read Manderscheid’s piece, you can click on the source link below. We agree with many of the points he makes. Our Tulsa SSDI lawyers like to highlight any piece that details the importance of the Social Security system to the American public.

Our Tulsa Disability Attorneys Can Guide You Through the SSDI Process

Continue to follow our blog for more information about measures that are being taken or reports that have come out regarding the benefits system. On Wednesday, we will dive back into this subject in a blog post concerning SSDI enrollment numbers.

A common public misconception is that it is easy to receive SSDI. This is simply untrue. You need to prove that your disability makes it impossible for you to work, and you must have earned work credits and have paid into the system. For more information about the SSDI process, you can visit our FAQ page.

Speak to our Tulsa disability lawyers if you have further questions. We can review your case and determine how you can move forward with a claim.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Source: http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/we-must-address-threats-ssi-and-ssdi



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