SSDI Solutions Initiative Releases Paper on Developing Demonstrations Based on Lessons Learned
The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative yesterday released the first of a series of papers on how to improve policies for people with disabilities. The paper, "Developing Social Security Disability (SSDI) Reform Demonstrations to Improve Opportunities and Outcomes Based on Lessons Learned" by Jason Fichtner and Jason Seligman, explores past Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) demonstration projects to inform future testing and design.
These papers will build upon the proposals advanced in the Initiative's book SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. Through further research, implementation guidance, and new ideas to improve disability policy, the Initiative hopes to help set the stage for more policy changes well in advance of the next SSDI solvency deadline. The first paper provides guidance for designing demonstration and pilot projects by reviewing the successes and failures of previous demonstrations and applying the lessons learned to the authors' prior proposal for program modernization.
Six other papers will be published over the coming weeks and months as part of this effort. The SSDI Solutions Initiative is co-chaired by former Congressmen Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Jim McCrery (R-LA), both former Chairmen of the House Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee. The SSDI Solutions Initiative is a project of the Fiscal Institute at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.