ON-Lion Letter
Co-chaired by former Congressmen Jim McCrery and Earl Pomeroy, the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative is a project of the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) dedicated to identifying practical public-policy changes to improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.  These solutions are meant to help spur and contribute to a debate on how to ensure the SSDI program best serves those with disabilities, those who pay into the program, and the economy. 

The new SSDI Solutions:  Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program is the resulting collection of solutions, recommendations, and contextual chapters that illustrate the problems ailing the program.

"[P]policymakers must not wait," according to an introductory chapter by McCrery and Pomeroy, "to take further action on improvements to SSDI and other programs and services for people with disabilities.

"By and large, the SSDI program does what it is supposed to:  it pays monthly checks to individuals with disabilities who are unable to engage in substantial work," they continue.  "But when it comes to putting and keeping the right people on the program in a timely manner with minimal complexity and without unnecessary hurdles, there is room for improvement."

The book recommends strengthening program integrity to reduce improper payments and improving the accuracy and consistency, and reducing the complexity, of the determination process.

We also need to provide "supports and incentives for workers to remain in or return to the workforce," they write, including looking "beyond today's SSDI cash benefit program to find other ways to support workers with disabilities, including through alternative national, local, and private programs."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CRFB's SSDI Solutions Initiative.
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