Social Security

Boosting Disability Insurance Share of Social Security Payroll Tax Would Not Harm Retirees

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 retirement benefits. Read more

 

Chart Book: 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.

The following charts provide important background information about Social Security Disability Insurance.

Part I: Why Is Social Security Disability Insurance Important?
Part II: Why Have the DI Rolls Grown?
Part III: Who Receives DI?
Part IV: What Financing Issues Does DI Face?

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Basics

Social Security provides monthly benefits to more than 50 million retired workers and workers with disabilities, their dependents, and their survivors.  Though Social Security is best known as a retirement program, one-fifth of the program's beneficiaries are non-elderly adults (under age 62) or children who receive survivors' benefits or disability insurance benefits.

Policy Basics:
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