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McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative Announces Paper Selections

For Immediate Release February 11, 2015

Former Congressmen Jim McCrery (R-LA) and Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) announced today the selection of 12 policy papers to be commissioned as part of the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative. Each paper includes a proposal aimed at improving an aspect of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

Papers will be presented at a conference later this year and published well in advance of the impending SSDI trust fund exhaustion date in 2016. The Initiative aims to provide policymakers with realistic improvements to the SSDI program to accompany immediate steps to prevent or delay trust fund exhaustion.

In announcing the selection of these papers, McCrery and Pomeroy said the following:

“With the SSDI trust fund less than two years from depleting its reserves, it’s time for our leaders in Washington to work together on ways to improve the disability program. The papers we have selected explore specific ways the program can be improved. Our goal is to have new options on the table for policymakers to choose from. Congressional leaders have made it clear that reforms will be under considerationas the SSDI program receives attention before the 2016 trust fund depletion date.

“Authors of these proposals represent a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. The proposals themselves range from incremental to somewhat more ambitious, and cover improvements to early intervention, return to work, the determination and adjudication process, interactions with other insurance programs, program integrity, as well as more structural reforms.

“We’re excited to see these promising ideas turned into viable proposals that we can deliver to Congress as a menu of options to choose from.”

Selected proposals include:
• Aaron, Aghabi, Butz, and Jacobson – Exploring alternative definitions of disability
• Babbel and Meyer – Encouraging enrollment in private disability insurance
• Ben-Shalom, Mann, and Stapleton – An integrated employment support and eligibility determination system
• Burton and Guo – Improving the interaction between SSDI and Workers’ Compensation programs
• Burton, Christian, and Wickizer – Expanding community-focused work and health services
• Che, Collins, Constantin, Porcino, and Zhou – Reducing CDR backlogs
• Christian, Hildred, Krent, and Mazerski – Transitional benefits for a small subset of SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities likely to experience medical improvement
• Dubin – Streamlining the determination process
• Engel, Glendening, and Wolfe – Exploring changes to the SSDI adjudication process
• Fichtner and Seligman – A system for partial disability benefits
• Kerksick, Riemer, and Williams – Using transitional jobs and tax incentives to encourage employment
• Perriello – Improving health coverage for workers with disabilities

Click here for more detailed descriptions of selected papers. Selection of these papers does not imply endorsement of them by the Initiative Co-Chairs, Advisory Council, staff, or other authors.


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