Social Security Disability Enrollment Rising Due To Demographic Trends . . .

WASHINGTON — Some members of Congress have begun leveling accusations that rising enrollment in Social Security’s disability insurance program is evidence of growing American dependence on the government, and even a “slave” mentality.

But a new report out Monday says the rise in America’s ranks of disabled to 8.3 million in 2011 stems from an aging population, a surge in women workers, changes in the law in the 1980s and a terrible economy in which disabled people can’t find jobs.

The study, by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, found that the biggest jumps in the disabled population came from aging Baby Boomers. From 1996 through 2009 — “the approximate period during which the baby-boom generation entered their 50s — the share of disabled worker benefits awarded to older workers (age 45 and older) rose from 67 percent to 76 percent,” the report said.

Meanwhile, the share of benefits going to younger workers — between the ages of 25 to 44 — fell from 31 percent to 22 percent.

“Baby boomers’ aging would have boosted enrollment in the DI program even if no other factors had changed,” the report said.

Add to that the fact that more women have entered the workforce since 1970, boosting the working population and creating a larger pool of people who can become disabled.

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National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives Launches Campaign To Defend Social Security Disability Insurance From Misleading Attacks

– New Website Launches on the 56th Anniversary of the Social Security Act Disability Amendment –

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Fifty-six years ago, the United States government made a commitment to provide every working American with monetary assistance if a disabling accident or health issue rendered them unable to work. The Social Security Act Amendment took effect on August 1, 1956, and with it, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program was born.

Today, the SSDI program is coming under attack and being targeted for budget cuts due to recent erroneous media coverage and unfounded political attacks. The program has been touted as “modern-day slavery” by a Florida Congressman, while right-wing pundits claim “it’s a con” and “easy to put in a bogus disability claim.”

This week, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is launching a campaign to fight back against misleading allegations being made about the SSDI program and its Claimants’.

As a kickoff to the educational campaign efforts, NOSSCR’s President and Vice President co-authored an op-ed in The Hill newspaper, in which they presented facts to dispute all the misinformation that has been recently reported. NOSSCR is also launching a redesigned website on Wednesday, August 1 – The enhanced website will serve as the ultimate SSDI information resource, bringing expert voices of both Claimants’ who receive SSDI benefits and advocates who support the SSDI program into the conversation. Visitors to the website will also find both advocacy and educational information about SSDI issues, facts regarding the SSDI program and the latest SSDI news stories.

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