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  • Boosting Disability Insurance Share of Social Security Payroll Tax Would Not Harm Retirees
    Kathy Ruffing and Paul N. Van de Water
    December 2, 2014

    Policymakers need to replenish the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund by late 2016.  That necessity comes as no surprise and does not pose a crisis, and policymakers can address it with a simple, time-honored solution:  boosting DI’s share of the Social Security payroll tax, which also funds …
  • What the 2014 Trustees’ Report Shows About Social Security
    Kathy Ruffing
    August 13, 2014

    Social Security can pay full benefits for close to two decades, the trustees’ latest annual report shows, but will then face a significant, though manageable, funding shortfall that the President and Congress should address in the near future.[1]  Doing so would permit changes that are gradual rather than sudden and allow …
  • Chart Book: Social Security Disability Insurance
    Updated August 4, 2014

    Disability Insurance (DI) is an integral part of Social Security.  It provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves on account of a serious and long-lasting medical impairment.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the DI program. In December 2013, 8.9 million people received disabled-worker benefits …
  • Congress Needs to Boost Disability Insurance Share of Payroll
    Tax by 2016

    Kathy Ruffing and Paul N. Van de Water
    Updated July 31, 2014

    Policymakers need to replenish the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund by late 2016, but that necessity comes as no surprise and poses no crisis.  Although the DI trust fund is legally separate from the much larger Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund, both are integral parts of Social Security.  …
  • Media Briefing: Understanding the Annual Reports of the Social Security and Medicare Trustees
    Featuring: Robert Greenstein, Kathy Ruffing and Paul N. Van de Water
    July 29, 2014

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities held a conference call briefing on Monday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the annual reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trustees released earlier that day.  Paul Van de Water and Kathy Ruffing, Senior Fellows at the Center and …
  • Statement of Robert Greenstein, President, on the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Report
    Robert Greenstein
    July 28, 2014

    Social Security can pay full benefits for close to two decades, the new trustees’ report shows, but will then face a significant, though manageable, funding shortfall that the President and Congress should address in the near future. Specifically, the trustees estimate that Social …
  • Policy Basics: Social Security Disability Insurance
    Revised March 14, 2014

    What Is Social Security Disability Insurance? Disability Insurance (DI) is an integral part of Social Security.  It provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves on account of a serious and long-lasting medical impairment.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers the DI program. In December 2013, 8.9 …
  • Introduction to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program
    Revised February 27, 2014

    What Is Supplemental Security Income? The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly cash assistance to people who are disabled, blind, or elderly and have little income and few assets.  In December 2013, nearly 8.4 million people collected SSI benefits (see Figure 1).[1]  For nearly three-fifths of …
  • Policy Basics: Introduction to Supplemental Security Income
    Updated February 27, 2014

    What Is the Supplemental Security Income Program? The federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly cash assistance to people who are disabled, blind, or elderly and have little income and few assets.  SSI is distinct from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs commonly known as Social Security, though many …
  • How Much of the Growth in Disability Insurance Stems From Demographic Changes?
    Kathy Ruffing
    January 27, 2014

    The Disability Insurance (DI) program — a vital part of Social Security that pays modest benefits to people who can no longer support themselves by working due to severe medical impairments — has grown rapidly in recent decades.  The program’s chief actuary has consistently stated that demographic changes …
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