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House Rule Could Hurt Vulnerable Disability Beneficiaries

January 6, 2015

Buried in the new rules that the House Republican majority plans to adopt for the 114th Congress is a provision that could threaten Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries — a group of severely impaired and vulnerable Americans — with a sudden, one-fifth cut in their benefits by late 2016. The provision bars the...


Boosting Disability Share of Payroll Tax Wouldn’t Threaten Retirees

December 2, 2014

Policymakers need to replenish funding for the Disability Insurance (DI) program — a vital part of Social Security — by late 2016 to avert a sudden, one-fifth cut in benefits to a group of severely impaired and vulnerable Americans.  Some...

Happy 79th Birthday, Social Security!

August 13, 2014

Social Security marks its 79th birthday tomorrow.  This highly successful program pays benefits to more than 58 million Americans.  It’s the single most important source of income for its elderly beneficiaries, contributing on average two-thirds...

CBPP Updates Chart Book and Paper on Disability Insurance

August 5, 2014

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 recent Social Security trustees’ report...

Awaiting the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Report

July 25, 2014

Social Security’s trustees will release their annual review of the program’s finances on Monday, and while we’re not sure what the report will say, the trustees last year estimated that Social Security’s combined trust funds will...

SSI Should Be Strengthened, Not Cut

March 27, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s misleading review of the safety net attacks Supplemental Security Income (SSI) — an important program that provides cash income to seniors, the blind, and people with severe and long-lasting...

Just the Facts on Disability Insurance

March 17, 2014

We’ve updated our primer on the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, an integral part of Social Security that provides modest but vital benefits to workers who can no longer support themselves due to a severe and long-lasting...

Decoding Demographics’ Role in Disability Program’s Growth

January 30, 2014

The number of disabled workers collecting Disability Insurance (DI) benefits tripled from 2.9 million in 1980 to 8.9 million the end of 2013.  Some see this growth as evidence that the program is out of control.  But most of that growth stems from five demographic factors, as our new paper explains:


Social Security Benefits Are Modest by International Standards

December 4, 2013

We’ve long emphasized that Social Security benefits are modest, averaging less than $1,300 a month (about $15,000 a year) for retirees and elderly widows.  They’re also low in relation to earnings, replacing just 41 percent of the median retiree’s earnings, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD)...

Social Security Administration Confirms 1.5 Percent COLA

October 30, 2013

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced today that the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be 1.5 percent, smack in the middle of the range that we estimated yesterday.

The taxable maximum —...