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Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

February 12, 2016

Last year’s budget deal renews the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries.  As our...

Work Incentive Experiments Take Time

What the Growing Longevity Gap Means for Social Security

January 21, 2016

Richer Americans live longer than poorer Americans, and the gap is widening.  While many people will live significantly longer than their parents and grandparents, some groups have seen no gains, and others (such as poorer women) may have lost years of life.  This troubling development makes Social Security less progressive, as discussed below — and some widely discussed changes, like...

Life Expectancy Rising Faster for Higher Earners

Raising Social Security’s Retirement Age Cuts Benefits for All Retirees

January 20, 2016

Some policymakers, including prominent presidential candidates, have endorsed raising Social Security’s full retirement age to improve the program’s long-term solvency.  Raising the retirement age cuts benefits for all retirees, the cuts could be...

Raising Social Security's Full Retirement Age Cuts Benefits for All Retirees

Social Security Lifts 21 Million Americans Out of Poverty

November 9, 2015

Social Security lifted 21 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  

In Focus: Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

Budget Agreement Closes Social Security Loopholes

October 30, 2015

November 4, 2015: We have updated this post to reflect new information from the Social Security Administration.

Among its laudable features, the new budget agreement closes...

Ben Franklin Social Security Card

No COLA for 2016 Will Affect Medicare Premiums and Social Security Finances

October 15, 2015

The Social Security Administration’s announcement that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries next year due to declining prices raises important issues for both Medicare premiums and Social Security’s finances...

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DI Beneficiaries Have Extensive Work Histories

September 25, 2015

The large majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries have extensive work histories, new research from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows. 

To qualify for DI, workers must not only...

DI Beneficiaries Have Extensive Work Histories

Funding Bills Include Damaging Social Security Service Cuts

September 24, 2015

Social Security Administration (SSA) administrative funding would face more cuts under the House and Senate committee-approved appropriations bills for 2016, which would mean more cuts to staffing and field office hours, longer waits for appointments and phone calls, and more backlogs for disability appeals and other critical work.  That’s the human cost of the tight caps set by the 2011...

Social Security's Administrative Funding

The Right Way to Avoid Disability Cuts

September 22, 2015

With the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund expected to run short next year, my new paper explains why forcing DI to borrow from Social Security’s retirement fund is a bad idea — and what Congress should do instead. 

Congress must act soon to avert a nearly 20...

4 Reasons a Disability Benefit Offset Could Backfire

September 8, 2015

Congressional Republicans are floating a proposal that would cut Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for some beneficiaries who work — which would hurt up to a half-million of the most vulnerable Americans, discourage work for many such beneficiaries, and boost DI payment errors.

Currently, workers with severe medical impairments who...

Proposal Would Cut Total Income for Some Disabled Workers