Could Social Security Disability Reform Occur?

As we continue to cover the ongoing debate about how to solve the threatening Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) funding crisis that is occurring in Washington, we have been reading some interesting columns about reform efforts.

In a piece for the Huffington Post authored by Thomas F. Burke, a professor of political science at Wellesley College and Jeb Barnes, a professor of political science at the University of Southern California, the duo argue that politicians who want to reform the SSDI program may run into problems.

The duo state that there is no community for reform, saying that opposition for SSDI benefit cuts would be fully mobilized as “organizations like Disabled American Veterans, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and The Arc (for people with intellectual and development disabilities)” would work to oppose cuts to benefits.

Additionally, they argue that a backlash would likely occur if cuts are enacted, which might result in a political mess. To read the piece, “Republicans Want to Reform Disability Insurance. Here’s Why That’s Hard”, you can click on the source link below.

We are appreciative of these academics speaking up when it comes to SSDI issues. Remember, experts have estimated that the SSDI program could run out of funds in late 2016, potentially resulting in a 20 percent payment cut to beneficiaries, unless alternative funding is enacted.

Keep in mind, when you hear the word “reform” used by politicians talking about SSDI, what they really mean is cuts to funding. We will continue to follow the funding debate in future posts, so continue to check back in with our blog.

I Am Disabled and Need Help Seeking Social Security Benefits

For information about applying for disability benefits, you can visit our Social Security FAQ page. Keep in mind, if you involve yourself in a “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) or work prior to an application or appeal, the Social Security Administration may not consider you disabled.

SSDI benefits are for people who are truly unable to work, whose disabilities are expected to last longer than a year or could result in death. Prior to an application or appeal, it may prove tremendously beneficial to work with a Social Security attorney.

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


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