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What is the future of SSD benefits?

Our Los Angeles readers probably know that Social Security Disability is just one part of a large web of social safety nets that have become part of America society within the last century. Millions of Americans depend on Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security benefits. Of course, with that being said, no one is saying that these important programs couldn't be improved.

There seem to be frequent reports about the funding for these programs "running dry." What these means is that there are funds that are currently in place to support the payouts that these programs provide, but that if things don't change there may come a time when the funds that are available are no longer enough to meet the program's obligations. And, as our readers may have been hearing in recent news reports, SSD benefits are in the most dire position of any program.

Recognizing that time may be tight to decide on and then implement changes to Social Security Disability, the editorial board of at least one news source has openly called for the U.S. government to make it a priority to address this issue. In a recent article the news source noted that there are short-term options that the government can use to help, but that ultimately a long-term, fully functioning solution will be needed.

Having a disability can be bad enough without a person having to wonder if the SSD benefits they depend on will be available to them in the long run. Fortunately, there seems to be a burgeoning recognition that if changes need to be made to Social Security Disability - and the other social safety net programs as well - it is better to begin to have the discussion now, rather than waiting until it may be too late.

Source: Newsday.com, "Editorial: Fix the Social Security disability fund," July 30, 2014

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