Both Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and provide benefits to people who are unable to work because of disability or blindness. However, there are significant differences between the two programs. The table below outlines those differences.
In our previous blog post, we discussed eliminating or changing the cap on Social Security earnings as a way to strengthen the funding of the Social Security Disability and Social Security Retirement programs. This approach appears to be the one preferred by the greatest number of people. However, there have been other proposals to "reform" Social Security, and this blog discusses them below.
There has been a lot of press about "fixing" the Social Security system. Most pundits focus on the possibility of reallocating money between the retirement fund and the disability fund, something that has been done many times before. However, a recently passed law has made such a fund transfer contingent on so-called reforms, making it much less likely that reallocation will ever occur.
There are lots of sources of information about Social Security Disability (SSD) available on the Internet. Of course, some are better than others. One that strives to provide up-to-date information about government programs that include SSD is the White House Blog. A recent post on this blog included the following information: