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The Boom In Disability Benefits

(By – Neil Howe, Forbes)

In 2013, NPR covered the rise of people on disability insurance (DI) in the United States. The piece depicted a program that was outdated and abused—sparking a media firestorm that culminated in a rebuttal signed by eight former Social Security disability insurance commissioners. Today, DI rates continue to rise. Why? The explanations range from demography to perceptions of disease to generational change. As Boomers age, they risk pushing the DI system to the breaking point—a development that could force the next generation of lawmakers to implement drastic changes to ensure that the program survives.  Read more…


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