The Social Security Advisory Board is pleased to announce publication of the 2014 Disability Policy Panel's report on continuing disability reviews (CDR) - the process used by SSA to evaluate the continuing eligibility of disability beneficiaries.
In this report, the panel makes five recommendations to Congress and SSA:
1) Congress should appropriate funds to eliminate the backlog of CDRs and ensure future funding optimizes savings to the Disability Trust Fund and Treasury;
2) Congress should retain the current medical review standard and provide training to ensure consistent application;
3) SSA should provide more resources to review disability decisions and for teams to investigate fraud;
4) Congress should expand programs that help disability beneficiaries return to work; and
5) SSA should modify its disability programs for children and youth to set an expectation of work as an adult and offer more work supports.
The panel was convened by the Board as an independent body of experts in the fields of economics, law, disability policy, vocational rehabilitation, and disability advocacy. While the recommendations are those of the panel, the Board believes this effort offers informed analysis and discussion of a complex review process.
Contact: Jackie Chapin (202) 475-7700