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Cutting SSDI Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to Work

Rebecca Vallas with the Center for American Progress posted an article with the above title on their website April 14, 2015. In it, she discusses the GOP-controlled U.S. House’s fiscal 2016 budget.

This budget passed on a party-line vote last month. One of it’s provisions is the elimination of concurrent receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance and unemployment insurance. The GOP supporters say it will prevent “double dipping.” In reality, cutting benefits for SSDI recipients who’ve lost a job and use unemployment insurance to make up some of their lost wages “would find themselves punished for attempting to return to work moving them and their families that much deeper into poverty.”

Elsewhere in the budget, “these cuts simultaneously calls for ‘promot[ing] opportunity for [Disability Insurance beneficiaries] trying to return to work.’ Policymakers can’t have it botrh ways.”

You can read the full post here, and find links to additional articles on this subject.




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