Column: Failing to reform disability fund could be tragic



The just-released Social Security Trustees’ annual report projects that Social Security’s Disability Insurance (SSDI) component will become insolvent sometime during 2016 — leaving not much time for reform deliberations.

Recent instances of SSDI fraud have concentrated the minds of lawmakers in Congress. Beyond combating SSDI fraud, however, Congress can use this opportunity to adopt sensible SSDI reforms to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Evidence of behind-the-scene activity on Capitol Hill on SSDI reforms is beginning to emerge. Based on recent congressional hearings, lawmakers appear highly dissatisfied with how the SSDI program is working. Many are focused on combating SSDI fraud but appear reluctant to adopt more comprehensive reforms.

 

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