Reforming the Disability Insurance Program Should Start Now

Brief

Reforming the Disability Insurance Program Should Start Now

Long-Term Reform Requires Structural Change
June 29, 2017

Abstract

The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays out more benefits than it collects in revenues, placing it under considerable fiscal strain. Fundamental reforms could help solidify the system’s long-term financial footing, but such reforms require in-depth research and analysis. Enacting a policy that redefines disability, for example, requires demonstration projects or pilot programs. Those types of projects take time to be designed and put in place, and their outcomes must be analyzed. With the DI trust fund projected to reach exhaustion in 2023, policymakers are wasting valuable time.

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