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Resources

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative is a project dedicated to identifying practical policy changes to improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and other services for people with disabilities. With the SSDI trust fund less than a year from depleting its reserves, these solutions can help spur a debate on how to ensure the SSDI program best serves workers with disabilities, those who pay into the program, and the economy more broadly.

Issue Briefs

These briefs outline the details of how the SSDI program works. (Please check back for briefs to be published soon.)

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program – A Short Primer

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program – The Determination & Appeals Process

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program – The Financial State of the Program

Social Security Changes in the Budget Deal (CRFB Blog)

Policy Briefs

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative commissioned 12 papers that will propose possible solutions; however, many proposals already exist. These briefs provide short explanations of the existing proposals. (Please check back for briefs to be published soon.)

Liebman and Smalligan, “An Evidence-Based Path to Disability Insurance Reform"

Burkhauser and Daly, "The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities"

Gokhale, “A New Approach to SSDI Reform”

Autor and Duggan, “Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System”

Coburn, "Protecting Social Security Disability Act of 2014" (CRFB Blog)

Bipartisan Policy Center, "Improve the SSDI Program and Address the Impending Trust Fund Depletion" (CRFB Blog)

Reports

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB): Analysis of the 2015 Social Security Trustees' Report

Congressional Budget Office (CBO): Policy Options for the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

CBO: March 2015 Baseline Projections on Social Security Disability Insurance

Congressional Research Service (CRS): Primer on Disability Benefits

CRS: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Reform: An Overview of Proposals to Reduce the Growth in SSDI Rolls

Social Security Trustees: The 2015 Social Security Trustees' Report

Websites

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB)

CRFB: The Reformer, An Interactive Tool to Fix Social Security

Mathematica: Center for Studying Disability Policy

NBER: Disability Research Center

Social Security Administration (SSA): Social Security Disability Insurance Website

SSA: Disability (DI and SSI) Research, Statistics and Policy Analysis

University of New Hampshire: Institute on Disability

The Urban Institute: Disability & Employment


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