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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.


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

  • Kate Lang
    Justice in Aging
    202-289-6976 phone 
    202-289-7224 fax

  • Jeanne Morin
    National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)
    Phone:  202-824-1725

  • Webster Phillips
    National Committee to Preserve Social Security of Medicare (NCPSSM)
    Phone: 202-216-8468

  • T.J. Sutcliffe
    The Arc of the United States
    Phone: 202-783-2229
    Fax: 202-534-3731

Social Security Task Force
CCD Testimony Social Security Subcommittee
Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Larson, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony for this hearing entitled “Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process.”
(July 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record of July 11 hearing on Paid Leave and Social Security
Thank you for the opportunity to submit the following statement for the record of the Subcommittee’s July 11, 2018 hearing on “Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families.”
(July 23,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force HR 3309 Letter of Support
The work incentives within the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are crucial, yet complex. An online tool that helps SSDI beneficiaries understand how earnings will affect their benefits is one way to help people with disabilities gain more independence and financial stability. The decision to return to the workforce or increase earnings can be a difficult one, often made in consultation with loved ones, medical providers, and organizations such as Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grantees.
(July 17,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement Opposing Executive Order on Administrative Law Judge Hiring
Washington, DC, July 13, 2018 -- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) strongly condemns President Trump’s Executive Order Excepting Administrative Law Judges From The Competitive Service issued on July 10. This unprecedented action needlessly politicizes the hiring of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) tasked with providing fair and non-political decisions regarding the rights of people with disabilities to access vital health care and Social Security disability benefits, as well as to resolve certain employment and labor disputes.
(July 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement on Paid Leave and Social Security
The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) has proposed creating a new parental leave benefit, paid for by asking workers to take a cut in their future Social Security benefits. Under the IWF proposal, workers could receive up to 12 weeks of partially-paid parental leave, offset by a reduction or delay in their Social Security retirement benefits. Participation would be voluntary.
(July 9,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs Musculoskeletal Comments Docket No. SSA-2006-0112
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). 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.
(July 8,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2018 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people. Our Social Security system’s financial outlook remains stable, and can continue to pay all scheduled old age, survivors, and disability benefits until 2034. With modest increases in revenue, Social Security will be able to pay full benefits throughout the century and beyond.
(June 6,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Talking Points
The most important take-away from the 2018 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.
(June 6,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
President’s FY 2019 Budget Would Limit Disability Claimants’ Access to Representation
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSDI and SSI) provide financial stability to millions of Americans with severe disabilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has extremely strict standards for disability. Fewer than 4 in 10 applications for disability benefits result in an award; according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), the United States has one of the narrowest standards of disability among its member nations.
(March 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
President’s FY 2019 Budget: Devastating Cuts to Social Security
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.
(February 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Comments SSA SSI Youth RFI Docket No. SSA–2017–0049
The undersigned organizational members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force (SSTF) and the Employment &Training Task Force (E&TTF) are pleased to submit the following comments responding to the request for information regarding strategies to improve adult outcomes for youth receiving supplemental security income, 83 Fed. Reg. 411, published on January 3, 2018 [Docket No. SSA–2017–0049].
(February 2,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Preserve SSI for People with Disabilities
As part of our nation’s Social Security system, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was enacted in 1972 to reduce poverty by providing a basic living standard for extremely low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Today, SSI provides essential income to about 8.2 million people across the U.S., including 2.2 million seniors and 6 million children and adults with some of the most severe impairments and illnesses.
(January 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Annual Report - Social Security Task Force
(January 22,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
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