Category: Entitlement Reforms

If Congress Does Not Want to Reform SSDI, Will They At Least Tackle Overpayments?

According to the most recent Trustees Report, the Social Security Disability trust fund, which would have been depleted by the end of this year, will now run dry in 2019, thanks to a little finagling of the payroll tax. But this is a short-term solution to a program that is in desperate need of real […]

Social Insecurity

The 2016 Social Security Trustees Report has been a long time coming.  Usually it is released in the spring (although last year it wasn’t released until July), but I can’t say I blame the Trustees for the delay.  It looks bad.  Worse than last year.  The program that pays yours and my retirement benefits, either […]

The “Stop Disability Fraud Act of 2014”

Yesterday, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security introduced a bill to combat Social Security Disability fraud.  Yay!  The “Stop Disability Fraud Act of 2014” is a result of some very high-profile cases involving massive disability fraud rings, and the fact that a record 11 million (see my […]

If the Trustees’ Reports Hold Such Great News, Why Where They Not Released Until Now?

Because the news in them is not that great.  Consider: Social Security (OASDI).  Total unfunded liabilities into the infinite horizon are $24.9 trillion.  (To learn more about unfunded liabilities, read the NCPA piece by Laurence Kotlikoff.)  This includes Social Security, Supplemental Security and Disability.  Including the “trust fund” as a liability (and it is since it […]

Fighting for Veterans: Taking Action on the Disability Claims Backlog

House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is spearheading 10 legislative initiatives to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meet its obligations by 2015 and reduce the number of veterans languishing in the disability rating system.  Several months ago, the NCPA examined several problems with the VA disability system, so it is promising that a few […]

Do Veterans Game the VA Disability System?

During my morning ritual of coffee and checking for daily updates on the Department of Veterans Affairs most recent follies, I came across an article published in 2005 by the British Journal of Psychiatry.  The particular search terms were a result of recent conversations I had with a number of veterans participating in the University of […]

The VBA Drops the Ball Once Again

Earlier this month, VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey released an article about the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans Affairs new pilot programs to reduce benefit claim waiting times and increase accuracy rates.  Their new initiative is this: “Start processing the oldest claims first.” Since the majority of claims are still processed through paper […]

The Invisible Wound of War: Access to Mental Health Care

download oem software p>There has been a lot of concern (rightly so) recently over the “Invisible Wounds of War,” especially amongst those rabble rousers in the congressional committies for veterans affairs.  They’re very much concerned with the quality, access and timeliness of mental health care for veterans.  Congressional testimony less than a month ago praised the VA […]

Disability Growth Disables the Country

Special blog post by Lewis Warne, an NCPA research associate. Social Security Disability enrollment for workers, excluding disabled children and disabled widow(er)s, is growing much faster than the working age population. Since 1991, workers on disability increased almost 170 percent, from 3,194,938 to 8,575,544 In the same period, the population between 18-64 increased only 26 […]

Unemployment is Holding, but Disability is Climbing…

I will keep this short at the risk of repeating myself, but”>Investor's Business Daily posted a piece on Social Security disability applications during the month of June. Only 80,000 new jobs were created while 85,000 people left the workforce to apply for disability. I discussed this troubling trend in my recent NCPA publication, Disability […]