Any of us could find ourselves disabled. That’s why it is so critical that our politicians work together to keep Social Security strong for generations to come. After all, we’re in this together.
As part of the Social Security system, Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are important public structures, like our highways or water system that need to be maintained. There are a few easy policy solutions that Congress can adopt to make the program more efficient:
Provide Adequate Administrative Funding for the Social Security Administration (SSA) – This will allow SSA to hire more staff, improve its information technology, and provide excellent customer service. SSA’s administrative budget is very low: under 1.3% of benefits paid out. As an increasing number of Baby Boomers claim retirement and disability benefits, SSA has not received enough funding from Congress to keep pace with inflation and growing workloads.
Encourage your representatives in Washington to pass these reforms and secure the future of the Social Security disability programs for years to come.