Brief Disability Just Before Retirement Often Leads to Poverty
Richard W. Johnson, Melissa M. Favreault, Corina Mommaerts
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A patchwork of public programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance, workers compensation, Supplemental Security Income, and veterans benefits, provides income supports to people with health problems who are unable to work. Yet, many Americans who develop disabilities in their fifties or early sixties fall into poverty. With millions of boomers entering their sixtieswhen work disability rates peakits time to fix the social insurance safety net for disabled workers.
Research Areas Health and health care Aging and retirement Social safety net
Tags Economic well-being Welfare and safety net programs Older workers Disability and long-term care Disabilities and employment Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center