In recent months, there has been a seemingly-endless stream of news articles and congressional sound bites warning of the imminent exhaustion of the Social Security Administration's reserves and the pressing need to overhaul Social Security Disability and related programs. While there may be some truth to the assertion that the SSA programs need oversight and adjustment, it is troubling that the only proposals thus far involve deep cuts to the SSD programs on which so many people in California rely.
Many people hesitate to file for Social Security Disability and related programs because they believe that they will never be able to work again once they begin receiving benefits. For some SSD recipients, re-starting their employment may lead to the loss of Social Security Disability benefits, depending on how much they earn and the nature of their disability. However, the Social Security Administration has several programs designed to give SSD recipients the freedom to work if their disability allows, without cutting off their benefits.