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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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TASK FORCES
SOCIAL SECURITY
 

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The CCD Social Security Task Force focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The SSI and Title II cash benefits, along with the related Medicaid and Medicare benefits, are the means of survival for millions of individuals with severe disabilities. They rely on SSA to promptly and fairly adjudicate their applications for disability benefits and to handle many other actions critical to their well-being. The Social Security Task Force’s policy agenda focuses on:

  • Ensuring that the impact on people with disabilities is considered and their interests are protected in Social Security and SSI policy debates.
  • Advocating that SSA’s administrative budget be adequately funded so that SSA has sufficient resources for personnel and service needs.
  • Monitoring proposed changes to the disability claims process.
  • Advocating for legislation, regulations, and policy changes to improve, simplify, and update the Social Security and SSI disability programs, including work incentives.
  • Maximizing employment opportunities for current and future disability beneficiaries while also doing no harm to existing critical income supports.

Co-chairs

  • Lisa Ekman
    National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) 
    202-550-9996 phone 
    202-457-7773 fax
    Lisa.Ekman@nosscr.org

  • Tracey Thomas Gronniger
    Justice in Aging
    202-683-1993 phone 
    tgronniger@justiceinaging.org

  • Jeanne Morin
    National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)
    202-824-1725 phone
    Fax: 
    jmorin.ppa@gmail.com

  • Webster Phillips
    National Committee to Preserve Social Security of Medicare (NCPSSM)
    202-216-8468 phone
    Fax:
    phillipsw@ncpssm.org

  ACTIVITIES
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement Paid Leave May 8 Ways and Means Hearing
Thank you for the opportunity to submit the following statement for the record of the Committee’s May 8, 2019 hearing on “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed.” The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(May 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Key Points about the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report
The most important take-away from the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people. No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of Americans in retirement, in disability, or when a worker dies and is survived by their young children and spouse.
(April 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Solvency Principles
Principle 1: The long-term solvency of the Social Security Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs should be attained through revenue increases without any benefit cuts. Benefit cuts to Social Security include (but are not limited to): increases in the early or full retirement age, means-testing benefits, changing the Cost of Living Adjustment to make it less adequate, requiring additional work credits to obtain coverage, time-limiting benefits, restricting eligibility, reducing benefits, or altering the sequential evaluation process in a way that will increase the number of claimants denied disability benefits.
(April 3,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Comments SSA-2017-0046
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD's Social Security Task Force ("CCD Task Force") focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(April 2,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Trump FY2020 Budget FactSheet
Our Social Security system is a foundation of our nation’s economic security. Nearly all U.S. workers pay in to Social Security and are insured for Social Security Old-Age Insurance, Survivors’ Insurance, and Disability Insurance. Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is another core part of this system. SSI provides a basic standard of living for extremely low-income seniors and for children and adults with significant disabilities.
(March 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Improving Decision Making at the DDS
It is in the interest of all parties involved for the Social Security Administration to make the right decision as early as possible during the adjudicative process in a disability claim that will eventually be awarded. The failure to approve a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits during the initial review of a claim when the individual meets the statutory eligibility requirements harms claimants by delaying access to vital income support and potentially leading to unnecessary preventable harm to the claimant (e.g. homelessness, bankruptcy, deteriorating health due to lack of access to medical care) and is administratively inefficient for the agency to be required to dedicate resources to an additional level (or additional levels) of review if the claim could have been approved earlier.
(March 6,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Sign On Comments Pain NPRM
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD’s Social Security Task Force (“CCD Task Force”) focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(February 15,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Statement on Proposals to Use Social Security to Pay for Paid Leave
The U.S. can create a paid family and medical leave plan affordably and responsibly – without reducing, denying, or delaying access to Social Security retirement, disability, or survivor benefits. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force opposes proposals that would reduce, delay, or deny access to Social Security retirement, disability, or survivors’ benefits. We offer the following considerations related to the impact of proposals to fund a nation paid leave program by cutting Social Security:
(January 28,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs VTC Hearings NPRM
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD’s Social Security Task Force (“CCD Task Force”) focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(January 14,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Social Security Task Force Report
(January 9,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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