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Nice NYT Piece on Disability

Thursday, 07 April 2011 04:58

The NYT had a good piece that reported on the sharp rise in the number of people getting government disability payments over the last two decades. While this is partly due to the aging of the baby boom cohort into the peak years of disability, some of the increase also reflects changes in the economy.

The piece also points out that the disability portion of the Social Security program is much more poorly funded than the much larger retirement and survivor programs. The projected 75-year shortfall in the disability program is more than 16 percent of its income, where it is just over 10 percent of the income of the larger retirement and survivors program.

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written by PeonInChief, April 07, 2011 9:10
One factor that has contributed to the increase in disability claims is that TANF no longer carries mothers with disabilities. In fact, some state welfare departments assist mothers with disabilities in negotiating the process. This shifts much of the cost to the federal government and gets women who really can't work off the welfare rolls.
written by Steve in ABQ, April 07, 2011 1:17
Stuart Staniford has a nice blog entry March 29, 2011 on the rise in disability over at Early Warning. Confirms my impression from working with ED population: people who used to be on "welfare" are now " on disability"
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