On November 18, 2019, the Social Security Administration published a notice in the Federal Register calling on comments regarding when and how often the SSA conducts continuing disability reviews for Social Security Disability insurance beneficiaries. The Trump administration claims that this change would help identify beneficiaries who can go back to work at the earliest point possible. But the Coalition on Human Needs believes this proposal would strip Social Security Disability benefits from many of those who need them most.
While Social Security is best known as a retirement program, disability and survivors benefits are equally essential. That’s why we’re rallying our allies across the country to fight back against this proposed rule change that would deny assistance to seriously ill people. While the Trump administration claims they will be able to work, their own proposal cites evidence to the contrary: a study of people denied Social Security Disability benefits found that three years after loss of benefits only about one in five (22 percent) was able to sustain even modest earnings.