Financial Entitlements

Bill seeks to end SSDI waiting period for people with ALS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016A new bill seeks to expedite Social Security Disability Insurance payments for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Currently, people deemed eligible for SSDI cannot receive payments until five months after being denied with…

Budget deal provides temporary SSDI fix

Thursday, November 5, 2015The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will be funded through 2022 at current benefit levels, representing a partial victory for disability rights advocates, under the new two-year budget deal signed by President Obama on November 2. “Remedying the uncertainty…

SSA: No increase in Social Security benefits in 2016

Friday, October 16, 2015For just the third time, Social Security beneficiaries will see no annual increase in benefits during the upcoming year, the Social Security Administration announced October 15. In 1973, Congress passed legislation linking future increase in Social Security benefits to…

Disability advocates urge SSDI fix

Friday, September 25, 2015In a recent letter to Congressional leaders [PDF], the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities laid out an array of recommendations for protecting and improving the Social Security Disability Insurance system, whose trust fund is scheduled to run out at

Disability benefits largely untouched in new UK government’s first budget

Friday, August 7, 2015For much of his first term, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron targeted the country’s disability benefits programs as part of his push to cut government spending. So when Prime Minister Cameron’s Conservative Government rode to a reelection in May

SSDI likely to be center stage in 2016 presidential election race

Monday, June 8, 2015The 2016 presidential race may be in its early stages, but Social Security is already front and center, with proposals to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance system likely to increase in prominence. The SSDI provides monthly benefits to…

Advocates push back against bills targeting concurrent SSDI, unemployment insurance beneficiaries

Thursday, April 23, 2015Multiple bills have been introduced this Congressional session that seek to reduce benefits for people receiving both Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance benefits at the same time. SSDI is available for people with substantial limitations on their ability…

ABLE Act moves forward in Virginia

Tuesday, March 24, 2015Virginia has become the first state to pass legislation implementing the ABLE Act, giving people with disabilities and caregivers in the state the ability to create special tax-free savings accounts for disability-related expenses. President Obama signed the Achieving a Better…

House passes rule change limiting future funds to SSDI

Thursday, January 22, 2015On the first day of the new session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it more difficult to shore up the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund. Under the most recent projections, the SSDI trust…

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