On March 4th, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) issued a news release relating to the Social Security Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal. The organization expressed its disappointment relating to budget cuts effecting Social Security disability insurance. The statement follows a letter that the NOSSCR previously sent in conjunction with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities expressing the same concerns.
As part of its statement, the NOSSCR expressed concern for recipients of Social Security disability insurance who concurrently receive unemployment insurance. Recipients of Social Security disability insurance, or SSDI, sometimes receive unemployment insurance as well when they are able to meet the eligibility requirements for both benefits. The organization maintains that receiving both types of benefits is proper as long as these qualifications are met.
It further stresses that recipients and their families often depend on both types of benefits when they lose their job through no fault of their own, while attempting to see if they can return to work. Reducing their benefits could potentially single out disabled workers under the unemployment insurance system. The NOSSCR further notes that it could have the effect of creating disincentives for the disabled to return to work. This would detrimentaly impact the financial stability of disability benefits for recipients and their families.
While concluding its statement, the NOSSCR states that it will “continue to urge President Obama and the U.S. Congress” to reject the proposed cuts to SSDI.
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