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February 15, 2018

Now that Congress has agreed to raise the caps on discretionary spending in 2018 and 2019, policymakers have another chance to adequately fund technology upgrades that would improve the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) payment accuracy and prevent fraud. The...

Social Security Administration Faces Increased Workload with Fewer Resources
February 15, 2018

The bipartisan agreement to raise the caps on discretionary spending in 2018 and 2019 reportedly calls for higher funding for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) operating budget, which is starved for resources after years of...

Disability Form
October 6, 2017

The full House and the Senate Appropriations Committee have passed woefully inadequate funding plans for operating the Social Security Administration (SSA), which...

Senate Budget Proposal Would Deeply Cut Social Security Administration Funding for 2018
September 28, 2017

We recently explained why it’s wrong to blame Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) — which pays modest benefits to workers under age 66 who’ve experienced a severe, career-...

Small Changes in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Receipt Don't Explain Declining Labor-Force Participation
September 6, 2017

Spending and revenues will have to grow significantly as a share of the economy in coming years just to enable the federal government to continue carrying out existing functions that the public widely supports, our new analysis concludes. As policymakers...

Spending Needs Will Grow
August 25, 2017

Labor-force participation — the share of adults 16 and older who are working or looking for work — peaked at just over 67 percent in 1996-2000 and has fallen since then. Some analysts...

Declining Labor-Force Participation and Rising Disability Receipt Have Affected Different Groups
August 14, 2017

Today is Social Security’s 82nd birthday.  We’ve updated our backgrounder on Social Security’s significant impact and a related analysis of its benefits. In June 2017, over 60 million people collected...

Social Security is Especially Beneficial for Women
August 1, 2017

Sixty-one years ago today, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Many Americans don’t know much about this vital program — even though, by working, they’re earning coverage that protects them against financial ruin if they become too sick or hurt to support themselves. We’ve updated our SSDI...

Disability Rates Rise With Age
July 12, 2017

The Social Security and Medicare trustees will release their annual reports on the programs’ finances tomorrow and, though we don’t know how the projections may change from last year’s, we expect them to tell a similar story: ...

Disability Insurance Application and Awards Have Fallen for Six Straight Years
June 15, 2017

Some House Republicans are reportedly considering major cuts to SNAP (formerly food stamps) to help pay for tax cuts, and President Trump’s budget proposes major SNAP cuts. So it’s a good time to remind policymakers of SNAP’s essential role in helping low-income people of all backgrounds,...

Families of Children with Disabilities Are Likelier to Face Material Hardship

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