Social Security – Bill Introduced to Cut Concurrent SSDI, Unemployment Benefits

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced S. 2005, a bill to cut benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries who have attempted to work, but lost their job through no fault of their own and as a result, qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI).  The Arc has joined with over 70 national organizations to strongly oppose such cuts.  SSDI and UI are separate insurance programs established for different purposes, paid for by workers and their employers.  Receipt of concurrent SSDI and UI benefits, while rare, is both legal and appropriate.  Cutting these benefits would harm the economic security of SSDI beneficiaries and their families and would single out SSDI beneficiaries, treating them differently from other workers under the UI program.  It would also create new disincentives to work for SSDI beneficiaries by punishing beneficiaries who try to work with benefit cuts if they lose a job through no fault of their own.  For these reasons, The Arc strongly opposes S. 2005 and any similar proposals.

2 thoughts on “Social Security – Bill Introduced to Cut Concurrent SSDI, Unemployment Benefits

  1. I don’t agree with this as some people are not able to work at all and it isn’t fair to these people.

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