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Could employers help cut SSDI claims?

The U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress should think carefully before trying to lower Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits costs by giving employers "more skin in the game."

Joyce Manchester, an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), made that argument today at a hearing on the SSDI program organized by the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee.

Manchester noted that many policymakers would like to try to get some of the needed improvement in SSDI's financial position by reducing the number of workers who need SSDI benefits, rather than solely by increasing payroll taxes and holding down the amount of benefits paid to the workers who need the benefits.

One way to reduce the number of workers who need SSDI benefits in the first place would be to encourage employers to do more to keep workers healthy and support workers who do develop disabilities, Manchester said.

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