Senior Policy Analyst
Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) turns 60 today. Workers contribute to Social Security to protect against the financial risks of old age, ill health, and death of a breadwinner. The 1956 amendments, approved by large bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into law by President Eisenhower, added disability protections to the Social Security Act, providing earned benefits for workers who can no longer support themselves through work due to severe impairments.
Here are six key facts about DI — and you can learn more from our newly updated policy basic: