Published: June, 2001

In 1996, the Academy’s Disability Policy Panel released a landmark study of disability income policy, Balancing Security and Opportunity: The Challenge of Disability Income Policy.

Key findings of that report useful to the current policy debate are excerpted in the attached .pdf file, including:

  • Stories from people receiving disability benefits
  • How does disability income policy fit into the broader disability policy picture?
  • Does the Social Security definition of work disability fit the program’s purpose?
  • How are disability claims decided?
  • Why do the rolls grow and shrink?
  • Are DI benefits a deterrent to work?
  • Does the Social Security Administration have adequate funding to administer the program with fairness and integrity?
  • What is the Academy’s Disability Policy Panel?

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