New Report Emphasizes Importance of SSDI to Disabled Workers

October 9, 2013

A new report from the Urban Institute presents facts reflecting how important SSDI benefits are to disabled workers.  The authors called the SSDI program a “crucial lifeline for some of the most vulnerable citizens” stating that the benefits play a vital role in the nation’s social safety net, providing essential support to millions of workers and their families.  Nearly half of the beneficiaries rely on the benefits for at least half of their household income with one-fifth of the beneficiaries report that the benefits account for virtually all of their household income.  The benefits fall well short of the earnings individuals received before they became disabled and beneficiaries are about twice as likely to be poor or near-poor than nondisabled individuals.

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