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Researcher: Give Employers More Skin in SSDI Game

U.S. Capitol (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
U.S. Capitol (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

One way to help the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reduce costs and get more beneficiaries back to work is to give employers stronger incentives to take their workers back.

Richard Burkhauser, a Cornell University economist, talked about that idea today at a House Ways and Means Committee Social Security subcommittee hearing on the future of the SSDI program

The Dutch government has reduced the number of people collecting disability benefits without shifting many of the recipients into other government programs, such as welfare programs, Burkhauser said.

The Dutch focused on keeping workers out of the disability program in the first place by making employers more responsible from keeping workers from entering the program in the first place, Burkhauser said. 

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