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NOSSCR Applauds Final Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
November 2, 2015
Although the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives applauds the final Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the Social Security Disability Insurance program should never be on the chopping block.
“Today, President Obama signed into law a budget deal that protects those who, due to debilitating impairments, like spinal cord injuries, kidney failure, or advanced or terminal cancer, depend on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program to help them support themselves and their families. This is good news for the millions of individuals and families who rely on the disability benefits they have earned and for which they qualify.”
“Although NOSSCR applauds the efforts of our elected officials in coming to this agreement, SSDI should never be on the chopping block; SSDI is a crucial public structure like our highways or water systems and more should be done to protect and expand it. While the President's proposal to reallocate between the Old Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance Trust Funds in order to keep both Trust Funds solvent through 2034 would have been a better result for Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries and their families, the Budget Agreement reallocation provision, which extends the Disability Insurance Trust Fund solvency through 2022, has removed the specter of a 19 percent benefit cut next year. While we have concerns about some of the policy changes included in the package, we look forward to addressing those concerns through the Social Security Administration's rulemaking process to implement these changes.”
Since 1956, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been an effective social insurance program that helps individuals whose physical or mental disabilities are so severe that they cannot do substantial work. For more information on SSDI, read this fact sheet.
This statement should be attributed to Barbara Silverstone, Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.
To speak with a NOSSCR spokesperson about Social Security disability benefits, contact Maria Myotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-352-6153.
NOSSCR (nosscr.org), a specialized bar association for attorneys and other advocates who represent people with disabilities, has been a pioneer in legal continuing education and public policy advocacy since 1979. Our members represent Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants through the adjudication process, advocating for the income rights of people with disabilities.