Vox had a great piece about Social Security Disability benefits.  It talks about how many politicians haven’t had much, if any, interaction with individuals who are receiving disability benefits.


Recently the.Social Security Advisory Board (board) is releasing the culmination of two years’ work pertaining to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) representative payee (rep payee) program. The report, Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Programoutlines concrete steps to protect vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries and recipients.

The report includes recommendations for Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and SSA to strengthen the current administrative process, create better monitoring and explore comprehensive, government-wide coordination and cross-agency reform of rep-payee processes. A link to these recommendations may be found here.

To accompany the report, an interactive chart collection has been published on the board’s website. The chart collection highlights data related to the administration of the program and emphasizes the growing need for rep payees in the future.

The board is proud of its efforts to advance the discussion around these vital programs. If you or your organization would like to discuss the report, please contact the board.


Benefits for Children

February 14, 2018

Children whose parent (and in some cases, grandparent or stepparent) receives SSDI can be eligible for auxiliary benefits through the disabled worker. In 2016, there were 1,493,476 children under 18 receiving such benefits, along with 50,976 students aged 18-19 and 122,202 disabled adult children of disabled workers.

If a child is disabled and never worked, he or she may receive SSI benefits independently of the parent beginning at age 18.  However, if a parent (or in some cases, grandparent or stepparent) becomes disabled, retires under the the Social Security system or dies, the child may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits on that individual’s earnings record.

Last week, I provided information on disability applications dropping since 2010.  Additional information suggests that the number of disability recipients has also decreased.  There has been a steady decrease in people receiving SSDI disabled worker benefits since third quarter of 2015; the number of SSI recipients under age 65 reached its highest point in 2013 and has decreased each year since. Reasons for this include disabled workers reaching full retirement age and being switched to Social Security old-age benefits, an increased number of Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) and SSI redeterminations, fewer applications, and of course the increased time it takes to receive a disability determination.

The decrease in SSDI claimants and bene ciaries has extended the predicted solvency of the SSDI trust fund. The 2017 Trustees’ Report estimates that the trust fund will pay all benefits until 2028, five years longer than predicted in the 2016 report. After 2028, the trust fund could pay 93% of bene ts. However, in all situations in the past where a Social Security trust fund faced insolvency, Congress took action to maintain SSA’s ability to pay all bene ts that were due.


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