We have previously discussed the many issues facing recipients of Social Security disability benefits. We have explored why it is important for people understand their rights to these benefits and have attempted to explain why some people are initially denied these benefits. However, one thing we cannot do is see into the future of SSDI. Apparently, neither can Congress.
Serious concerns about the program have been raised in recent months, and the future of disability benefits remains foggy. Unless changes are made, funding for the program will be drained and current recipients of benefits could have their benefits cut by nearly 20 percent over the next year.
Hearings in the House and Senate have been held in recent weeks to try and resolve what is being referred to as an “impending crisis.” Little has been reported after these hearings, and there has yet to be a solution proposed that has widespread, bipartisan support. In a previous post on this blog, we discussed one controversial funding proposal that would have cut off the option to move money from Social Security retirement to disability, which would delay cuts and insolvency.
Supporters of this type of solution argue that such dramatic measures are necessary and that all a short-term solution will do is put a bandage on an issue that requires extensive overhaul. Even if funds were transferred, it would only delay the inevitable loss of funds in both programs. Supporters of drastic changes have maintained that more must be done to fix the long-term issues facing SSDI.
A recent hearing in the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee attempted to develop one such long-term plan, but none was identified.
Despite the numerous hearings, meetings and arguments that have taken place in recent months, there has been little if any progress made in addressing the serious issues facing SSDI and SSDI recipients. We will continue to follow any developments in this area, as any plan that is ultimately developed and implemented will have a dramatic impact on the workers and families across Atlanta who depend on these benefits.
Source: The Daily Signal, “Congress Holds Hearings on the Need for SSDI Reform,” Sophie Simunek, March 3, 2015