Tag: "disability"

The Changing Face of SSDI Beneficiaries

As I wrote in a previous blog post, the Social Security Disability Insurance program is suffering a funding shortfall that is exacerbated by a complex bureaucracy and lack of political will for reform.   According to the latest Statistical Report on Social Security Disability, there are 12.1 million individuals currently receiving disability benefits, 8.9 million of them previous workers.  Those who […]

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 […]

Adventures in Disability Fraud…

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

One of Many Reasons Disability Reform is Needed

Possibly the largest fraud case in SSDI history.  Read about it here.

Education Pays Off…Even 40 Years Down the Road

Note:  Guest blogger Lewis Warne, an NCPA research associate, talks about the importance of education to a comfortable and healthy retirement. I hope it comes as no surprise that education has long-term impacts through retirement. In my recent study More Education, Better Retirement, I found that more education increases retirement savings, reduces dependence on government, improves […]

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 […]

Improved Accuracy Rates On VA Disability Claims? Or Not?

A few posts back I may have referred to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) senior officials as “lumbering simpletons,” and for that I must apologize, because they have managed something truly spectacular.  Here are the accuracy averages for veteran disability claim approval rates in 2012, just to give you a picture of how well things […]

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 […]

Veterans Face a Bureaucratic Battle Back Home

Note:  Guest blogger Kyle Buckley, an NCPA research associate, discusses the war zone that is the Veterans Administration. Over the last year there have been a number of congressional inquiries into the reasons for a growing disability claims backlog at the Veterans Administration.  The VA has failed to comply with requests for information, outright misled […]