SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Below is each individual chapter and respective appendices (when available) from the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solution Initiative's book, SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, the culmination of the project.

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Section I: Introduction

1. Seizing the Opportunity: Ideas for Improving Disability Programs

by Co-Chairs Jim McCrery and Earl Pomeroy

2. An Overview of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

by Patricia Owens


Section II: Early Intervention

3. The Employment/Eligibility Service System: A New Gateway for Employment Supports and Social Security Disability Benefits

by David Stapleton, Yonatan Ben-Shalom, and David Mann

4. A Community-Focused Health & Work Service (HWS)

by Jennifer Christian, Thomas Wickizer, and A. Kim Burton

5. Using Transitional Jobs to Increase Employment of SSDI Applicants and Beneficiaries

by Julie Kerksick, David Riemer, and Conor Williams

Discussion of Early Intervention Proposals

by Lisa D. Ekman


Section III: Program Administration

6. Data-Driven Solutions for Improving the Continuing Disability Review Process

by Alexandra Constantin, Julia Porcino, John Collins, and Chunxiao Zhou

7. Social Security Disability Adjudicative Reform: Ending the Reconsideration Stage of SSDI Adjudication after Sixteen Years of Testing and Enhancing Initial Stage Record Development

by Jon C. Dubin

8. Social Security: Restructuring Disability Adjudication

by David W. Engel, Dale Glendening, and Jeffrey S. Wolfe

Discussion of Program Administration Proposals

by Margaret Malone


Section IV: Interaction with Other Programs

9. Expanding Disability Insurance Coverage to Help the SSDI Program

by David F. Babbel and Mark F. Meyer

10. Ensuring Access to Long-Term Services and Supports for People with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

by Mark Perriello

11. Improving the Interaction Between the SSDI and Workers' Compensation Programs

by John F. Burton Jr. and Xuguang (Steve) Guo

Discussion of Interaction with Other Programs Proposals

by David Wittenburg


Section V: Structural Reforms

12. Transitional Benefits for a Subset of the Social Security Disability Insurance Population

by Kim Hildred, Pamela Mazerski, Harold J. Krent, and Jennifer Christian

13. Beyond All or Nothing: Reforming Social Security Disability Insurance to Encourage Work and Wealth

by Jason J. Fichtner and Jason S. Seligman

14. Exploring an Alternative Social Security Definition of Disability

by Neil Jacobson, Aya Aghabi, Barbara Butz, and Anita Aaron

Discussion of Structural Reform Proposals

by Art Spencer


Section VI: International Comparisons and Long-Term Solvency

15. Approaches to Assisting Working-Aged People with Disabilities: Insights from Around the World

by Robert Haveman

16. Options to Address SSDI's Financial Shortfall

by Marc Goldwein and Edward Lorenzen