After months of debate by lawmakers over the future of Social Security
Disability Insurance program, the program has been restored with funds
that will keep it solvent until 2022. That replenishment comes with President
Obama's signing a new federal budget earlier this month that reallocates
some federal money to the SSDI program, but also comes with caveats to
quell the concerns of the program's opponents.
As MetroNews reports, much of the SSDI debate had been drowned out over other national fiscal
concerns, namely the debt ceiling and a possible government shutdown.
However, many eyes were on a possible SSDI fix since, earlier this year,
SSDI Trustees reported an "urgent threat of reserve depletion."
Congress conservatives had opposed to saving the program with Social Security
retirement funds, which had been the source of numerous SSDI restorations
in the past.
In the new federal budget, however, that is basically how the depleted
SSDI program will be replenished—money will once again be shifted
from the Social Security retirement fund to the SSDI account. The plan
also calls for .57% of the 12.4% payroll tax from 2016 to 2018.
Crackdowns on "Gaming the System"
Lawmakers opposing the replenishment of SSDI most frequently cited fraudulent
disability claims as a reason to re-evaluate or shutter the program. Perhaps
in response to these concerns, the new federal budget also makes money
available to assist local governments and law enforcement to investigate
and crackdown on SSDI beneficiaries who are collecting money while they
are actually able to work.
According to MetroNews, it is estimated that of the nearly 6% of American
adults who collect SSDI benefits, less than 1% ever return to work Other
reasons for the rise in SSD claims, however, can be attributed to the
aging baby-boomer population. According to the
Wall Street Journal, more than 11 million people depended on SSDI benefits in 2014.
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