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National Council on Disability Issues Report: ôSecuring the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability"

January 29, 2015
Source: National Council on Disability (NCD)

Fears that Social Security payouts will soon exceed revenue continue to dominate the news and public policy debates. This timely and necessary report by the National Council on Disability (NCD) analyzes various proposals for SSI and SSDI reform with an emphasis on Medicaid policy and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to work. The report also identifies measures that could (a) move people currently utilizing SSI/DI into the workforce; (b) decrease a likelihood of using such benefits for sole income; and (c) serve as financing options to extend the life of both programs.

REPORT IN BRIEF: "Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability" examines two benefit programs linked to key aspects of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Recommendations made to the Administration, other federal agencies, and Congress include modernizing the definition of disability and improving workplace access and accommodations for people with disabilities in a multitude of ways including decoupling health care benefit and cash benefit eligibility; providing wraparound health benefits; improving the examination, planning, and gradual phase-in of a revised disability definition for benefit eligibility; ensuring management proficiency, early intervention, and improved federal collaboration efforts; identifying ways to boost work incentives; implementing evidence-based practices that address youth and people with mental health needs among vulnerable groups; and reviewing state supplemental systems.

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