Yoho Introduces Bill to Modernize SSDI
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) introduced the Making D.I. Work for All Americans Act. The bill will modernize the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund by doing the following:
- Sets a flat monthly benefit for all Americans who first apply for the program;
- Eliminates the requirement that the SSA compensate disability attorneys, requiring instead that compensation be worked out between a recipient and their attorney;
- Updates the medical-vocational guidelines that were first reviewed in 1979 to ensure that applicants who wish to return to work can be better matched with an appropriate job;
- Increases transparency and accountability by allowing SSA to consider social media activity when making a disability determination.
Congressman Yoho gave the following statement:
“According to an annual report on the health of the SSDI trust fund, the trustees concluded that the fund will be exhausted by 2054. While this seems far away- it is within the lifetime of most Americans alive today. Many Americans rely on this important program and Congress must take actions now to strengthen this program and ensure that it remains solvent for generations to come.”