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Nov 09

Fixing Disability Insurance: Real Reform to Improve Efficiency and Integrity and Insure Long-term Solvency

The recent budget deal diverted revenue from the Social Security Trust Fund as a short term fix for the Disability Insurance (DI) program. Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul! Despite the band-aid, the DI program remains fundamentally broken. Notwithstanding improvements in Americans’ health and workplace safety as well as medical and technological advances that help restore functional capabilities and expand workplace opportunities, the percent of working-age adults receiving DI benefits has doubled from 2.3 percent in 1990 to 5.1 percent in 2014. Without meaningful reform, the Disability Insurance program will continue to draw revenues away from Social Security and set the stage for big benefit cuts or large payroll tax hikes when both programs run out of money. Join us for a discussion of real reforms to get disability insurance back on track.

More About the Speakers

The Honorable Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR)
United States Senator

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Kim Hildred
President, Hildred Consulting, LLC; former Staff Director, Committee on Ways and Means; and former SSDI claims decision-maker and manager

Rachel Greszler
Senior Policy Analyst, Economics and Entitlements

Romina Boccia
Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, and the Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Ambassador Terry Miller Ambassador Terry Miller

Director, Center for Data Analysis and the Center for Trade and Economics and Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Economic Freedom Read More