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“One Social Security” Bill a Worthwhile Approach to Programs’ Trust Funds

July 29, 2015

Policymakers must replenish Social Security’s disability fund by late 2016 to prevent a one-fifth cut in benefits.  A proposal from Rep. Xavier Becerra, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means...

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Awaiting the 2015 Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports

July 21, 2015

Though we don't know what the reports will say, we expect they'll reinforce what we've explained before: that Social Security and Medicare face real but manageable financial challenges, and are not unaffordable or "bankrupt."


How the Recession Hurt Disability Insurance (And It’s Not What You Think)

July 10, 2015

The Great Recession, and the slow and painful recovery, hurt the finances of Social Security Disability Insurance — but not mainly by swelling benefit payments.

Instead, the main damage was on the income...

Recession Hammered Disability Insurance Income, But Affected Spending Only Modestly

New Research: Demographics Explains Most of Disability Rolls’ Growth

June 3, 2015

Update, June 5: We’ve corrected a number in this post.

In a new analysis, Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman finds the aging of the population and the rise in women’s labor force participation explain most of the recent growth in the...

In Focus: Disability Insurance (DI) Growth Largely Reflects Aging of Baby Boom and Rising Women's Labor Force Participation

Demographics Explain Bulk of Growth in Disability Insurance Rolls: Part II

May 15, 2015

We described yesterday how five demographic factors — population growth, the aging of the baby boom, the hike in Social Security’s full retirement age, the rise in women’s labor force participation, and “women’s catch-up” — explain most of the increase in...

Demographic Factors Explain Bulk of Growth in Disability Insurance Rolls: Part I

May 14, 2015

As policymakers consider how to replenish the fund that pays for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), they should understand why the rolls have grown.  Nearly...

Increase in Disability Insurance Rolls Largely Reflects Demographic Factors

Social Security Benefits Are Modest — and Vital

May 5, 2015

Social Security benefits are a perennial target for cuts as policymakers seek to strengthen the program’s long-run solvency.  Some lawmakers and opinion leaders mistakenly regard the program’s benefits as lavish.  But here are the facts, as our updated report...

Social Security Benefits Already Scheduled to Fall in Relation to Previous Earnings

The Basics of Disability Insurance, Updated

March 31, 2015

We’ve updated two important pieces about Disability Insurance (DI), an integral part of Social Security that protects workers who can’t support themselves anymore because of a severe medical impairment, to reflect the latest statistics and research.

The first of those pieces, our...

Disability Insurance: An Essential Part of Social Security

February 24, 2015

With a House subcommittee holding a hearing tomorrow on the future of Disability Insurance (DI), policymakers need to understand that DI is an essential part of...

Netherlands Not a Model for U.S. Disability Reforms

February 18, 2015

Critics of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) often cite the Netherlands —  where...