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Any of us could find ourselves disabled. That’s why it is so critical that our politicians work together to keep Social Security strong for generations to come. After all, we’re in this together.
As part of the Social Security system, Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are important public structures, like our highways or water system that need to be maintained. There are a few easy policy solutions that Congress can adopt to make the program more efficient:
- Rebalance the Trust Fund – Rebalancing the trust funds will ensure that there is adequate funding for years to come. The Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund’s projected shortfall is not a new development, or an unprecedented one. Since the program started, Congress has reallocated payroll tax revenues between the retirement and disability funds about 11 times equally in both directions to account for demographic shifts.
- Fully funding the Social Security Administration (SSA) – This will allow the Administration to hire more staff to process claims and ensure program integrity work. SSA’s administrative budget is very low. Historically, SSA has received insufficient funding from Congress to cover its operating costs.
Encourage your representatives in Washington to pass these reforms and secure the future of the Social Security disability programs for years to come.