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McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Conference

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
8:45 am – 5:00 pm

District Architecture Center
421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Next year the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund will deplete its reserves, prompting a discussion in Washington about how to improve the program. The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative seeks to provide policymakers with a menu of innovative ideas to improve the SSDI program and other services for people with disabilities.

The SSDI Solutions Conference featured presentations of numerous policy proposals selected by the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative and brought together experts, advocates, policymakers and interested stakeholders for an engaged dialogue about how SSDI and other programs can better serve those with disabilities, taxpayers and society as a whole.

Conference Program



Conference Agenda


Presentation Slides Available in PDF next to their respective paper when applicable


8:00 am - 8:45 am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Congressmen McCrery and Pomeroy

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Remarks by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Panel One: Early Intervention and Work Support

Discussant: Lisa Ekman, Ekman Advocates for Progress, LLC
Papers discussed:
Ben-Shalom, Mann, and Stapleton – Integrated employment support and eligibility determination system (Presentation)
Christian, Burton, and Wickizer – Expanding community-focused work and health services (Presentation)
Kerksick, Riemer, and Williams – Using transitional jobs and tax incentives to encourage employment (Presentation)

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Panel Two: Structural Reforms

Discussant: Art Spencer, Former Associate Commissioner for Disability Programs, Social Security Administration (Presentation)
Papers discussed:
Hildred, Mazerski, Krent, and Christian – Transitional benefits for a small subset of SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities likely to experience medical improvement (Presentation)
Fichtner and Seligman – A system for partial disability benefits (Presentation)
Jacobson, Butz, Aaron, and Aghabi – Exploring alternative definitions of disability (Presentation)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Remarks by Bob Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel Three: Determination and Adjudication Reform

Discussant: Margaret Malone, Former Staff Director, Social Security Advisory Board
Papers discussed:
Collins, Constantin, Porcino, and Zhou – Reducing CDR backlogs (Presentation)
Dubin – Streamlining the determination process (Presentation)
Engel, Glendening, and Wolfe – Exploring changes to the SSDI adjudication process (Presentation)

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel Four: Interaction with other programs

Discussant: David Wittenburg, Director of Health Research, Mathematica Policy Research
Papers discussed:
Babbel and Meyer – Encouraging enrollment in private disability insurance (Presentation)
Burton and Guo – Improving the interaction between SSDI and Workers’ Compensation programs (Presentation)
Perriello – Improving health coverage for workers with disabilities

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Panel Discussion

Moderator: Paul Krawzak, CQ Roll Call

Jim McCrery
Earl Pomeroy
Mark Warshawsky, Former Member, Social Security Advisory Board
Alan Cohen, Member, Social Security Advisory Board

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Closing reception




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