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McCrery and Pomeroy Announce Next Phase of SSDI Solutions Initiative

For Immediate ReleaseApril 30, 2018

Two years after publishing SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, Former Congressmen Jim McCrery (R-LA) and Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) today announced a new effort to improve programs and policies for individuals with disabilities.

In 2015, the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative selected and published 12 peer-reviewed policy proposals intended to improve the SSDI program by encouraging early intervention, enhancing program administration, improving interactions with other public and private programs, and other structural reforms. This work elevated the importance of improving the SSDI program and inspired a number of legislative and administrative reform efforts.

This new phase of the initiative will build upon these proposals by presenting new research and help set the stage for more policy changes well in advance of the next SSDI solvency deadline.

“The initiative’s first phase produced a number of important ideas – some of which have already been adopted,” said Congressman McCrery, who chaired the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in 2005 and 2006. “But more must be done to flesh out many of these proposals and to give policymakers the tools they need to test and implement them.”

As part of its new phase, the SSDI Solutions Initiative will commission papers suggesting detailed steps to test and implement policy proposals, provide new relevant research, and explore exciting new issues related to the SSDI program and other policies for workers with disabilities.

The first of these papers have already been selected:

  • “Preliminary Design for an Integrated Employment/Eligibility Services (EES) Demonstration” by David Stapleton, Yonatan Ben-Shalom, and David Mann
  • “Ensuring Successful Implementation of Community-Based Health & Work Centers” by Jennifer Christian, Thomas Wickizer, and A. Kim Burton
  • “Lessons Learned – Developing Social Security Disability (SSDI) Reform Demonstrations to Improve Opportunities and Outcomes” by Jason Fichtner and Jason Seligman
  • “Restructuring SSDI & SSI Administrative Adjudication” by Harold J. Krent

For more information on these papers, see the selected proposals page.

The initiative will announce additional papers in the coming months.

“There is so much work left to be done to make SSDI a better and more effective program, assist those who are able to remain in the workforce, avoid a potential trust fund crisis, and improve the lives of workers with disabilities,” said Congressman Pomeroy, who chaired the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee in 2010. “We need to do the hard work now, not in the 11th hour.”

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative is a project of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

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For more information, contact Patrick Newton, CRFB press secretary, at newton@crfb.org.

Find out more about the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative.