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Lawmakers Question Viability of Social Security Disability

Washington, DC
Friday, December 2, 2011

House Republicans held a hearing to examine ways to fund the government insurance program for people injured on the job. According to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, the Social Security Disability Insurance program will be unable to pay out full benefits in 2018.

"The Subcommittee will lead a much-needed conversation about the challenges facing this vital program and solutions that can meet the needs of those with disabilities and the workers who support the program through their hard-earned tax dollars,” subcommittee Chair Sam Johnson (R-TX) said in a statement.

The hearing looked at the how the program works, how workers pay into the system and challenges the program and its recipients face.

The average monthly check for those severely injured on the job is about $1070 per month, and the number of recipients tripled to 9.7 million in the last 40 years.

Updated: Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:18pm (ET)

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