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SSDI Initiative Recommendation Adopted and Initiative Set to Release New Research

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 31, 2019

A recent letter from the Department of Labor will allow employers to automatically enroll their workers in private disability insurance, adopting a proposal by David Babbel and Mark Meyer put forward through the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative. This comes on the heels of the Department of Labor’s creation of the RETAIN demonstration project, also inspired by the SSDI Solutions Initiative, as well as several initiative recommendations included in the President’s budget.

“The goal of the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative has been to advance consideration of ideas to improve SSDI and disability coverage for America’s workers,” said former Congressman and SSDI Solutions Initiative co-chair Earl Pomeroy. “We are pleased the Department of Labor is implementing some of the ideas which our project has explored. We hope the new Congress will work to continue to improve this vitally important federal program and the population it serves.”

In the coming weeks and months, the SSDI Solutions Initiative will release a new set of proposals and research papers in the hopes of further advancing efforts to improve policies for workers with disabilities.

Once published, papers can be viewed online at

In addition to previously announced papers, the initiative is pleased to announce the commissioning of a new paper from Gerald Ray and Glenn Sklar, former officials with the Social Security Administration’s determination and adjudicative system, that will offer recommendations on bringing and keeping down SSDI’s hearings backlogs, which have led to record-long waiting times for those applying for benefits.

“We’re excited to see improvements in policies for workers with disabilities,” said former Congressman and SSDI Solutions Initiative co-chair Jim McCrery. “But this is only the beginning, and we must continue to work to advance solutions that improve SSDI and other programs for those who pay into and rely on them.”

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


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