Social Security Disability Insurance Turns 60 Years OldPosted August 15, 2016 by Premier Disability Services, LLC® Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently posted a blog on the agency’s website regarding a major milestone for the disability insurance program. Specifically, this year marked the 60th anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In 1956, an amendment to the Social Security Act created disability insurance as part of Social Security. Over the past 60 years, the disability insurance aspect of the Social Security Act has provided necessary benefits to disabled workers who need an income until they can either return to work or they ultimately reach retirement age.
The Social Security Disability program has come under fire in recent years. From reports that the disability trust fund is drying up to the myth that Social Security fraud is rampant, the disability insurance program is not always painted in the best light. However, as a firm that works with countless disabled workers on a daily basis, we certainly see the good this program has done for Disabled Americans. According to SSA’s website, there are about 9 million disabled workers and two million of their dependents receiving disability benefits from SSA. For many of these beneficiaries, this is the only income they receive or it accounts for a substantial portion of their income. Without this program, many of these people would not have a means to support themselves or their families.
At Premier Disability Services, we take pride in joining the Social Security Administration in celebrating 60 years of the disability insurance program and we look forward to working with the agency in the years to come.
By: Devon Brady of Premier Disability Services, LLC®