Bill proposes new SSDI program | Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa

Bill proposes new SSDI program

Many people in Florida who become unable to work and earn an income due to a disabling condition or injury have often looked to Social Security Disability Insurance as a way of helping to provide for themselves and their families. This crucial benefit is run through the Social Security Administration. Some people are even eligible for SSDI and Supplemental Security Income benefits at the same time, depending on their income and other factors.

There are apparently some lawmakers who assert that the SSDI program has been abused over the years, with people collecting payments when they potentially could have been or should have been working. One congressional representative recently introduced new legislation on Capitol Hill that attempts to address this alleged problem. As reported by The Ripon Advance, the bill aims to establish a program that promotes a return to work while still providing SSDI support to participants for some period of time.

The bill, titled the SSDI Return to Work Act, would require that people applying for Social Security Disability be assessed for their ability to medically recover from their disability. If a person is deemed able to improve or recover, a schedule would be established for them that would outline a timeframe for them to be working again. They would be able to receive SSDI benefits while still working.

It is not known for how long a person would be able to receive SSDI benefits while working. The bill is also said to provide rehabilitation services to people receiving SSDI.



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