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The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
1825 K Street, NW, Ste. 1200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 783-2229 phone
(202) 534-3731 fax
Email: Info@c-c-d.org

For information about the Social Security Task Force Public Education and Outreach Campaign,
please go to :
disabilityandsocialsecurity.org
 
 
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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

  • Jeanne Morin
    National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR)
    Phone:  202-824-1725
    Fax:  202-393-5959
    Email:  jeanne.morin@akerman.com

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

  • Ethel Zelenske 
    National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) 
    202-457-7775 phone 
    202-457-7773
    ethel.zelenske@nosscr.org
  ACTIVITIES
Social Security Task Force
Proposal for a Benefit Offset in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program
The CCD Social Security Task Force has long been on record supporting the creation of a benefit offset in the SSDI program to eliminate the work disincentive created by the cash cliff and create a ramp off of benefits to better support return to work for SSDI beneficiaries.
(September 16,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force and Financial Security Task Force to express the opposition of their Task Forces to three proposals for financing the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act; H.R. 647)
(September 3,  2014)
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for Record Senate Finance
The Co-Chairs of the CCD Social Security Task Force submit this Statement for the Record of the July 24, 2014, Senate Finance Committee hearing on “A Fresh Look at Workers’ Disability Insurance.”
(August 7,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force Statement on the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2014 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people.
(July 28,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Key Points about the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
The most important take-away from the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people.
(July 28,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter DI-UI
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce concurrent Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for funding the Highway Trust Fund under the Preserving American’s Transit and Highways Act (PATH Act).
(July 2,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to Rep Lankford and Rep Speier
We are writing this letter on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force to provide feedback on your April 8, 2014 letter to the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin.
(June 17,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Just the Facts on Social Security’s Disability Programs
Our nation’s Social Security system provides peace of mind for all Americans. Not only does it provide the foundation for a secure retirement -- it also protects nearly all American workers and their families against the possibility of a life-changing disability or illness that prevents substantial work.
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Recommendations to Support SSA’s Program Integrity Work
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has one of the lowest error rates in the government, with a less than 1% rate of over-payments for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Social Security Disability Appeals Process
Under the Social Security Act, eligibility for disability benefits is restricted to individuals who are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of impairments, that has lasted at least a year or which is expected to result in death.
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter RE SSA FO Service Cuts
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are writing to express our concerns with the Social Security Administration (SSA) plan to phase out two field office services – benefit verification letters and Social Security Number printouts (“SSN printouts”).
(May 2,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force comments on proposed changes to SSA evidence submission regulations (Apr. 21, 2014)
These comments are submitted on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force in response to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding “Submission of Evidence in Disability Claims. 79 Fed. Reg. 9663 (Feb. 20, 2014).
(May 1,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Regarding Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving legislation to extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation that does not include policies to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.
(May 1,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD S. 2097 Fact Sheet
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extension: S. 2097 Permanently Raids Social Security to Pay For a 6-Month EUC Extension, Hurting Workers with Disabilities and Their Families
(March 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing on Fighting Social Security Disability Fraud
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a working coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(March 12,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Disability Insurance Demonstration Principles:
The CCD Social Security Task Force supports efforts to test program rule changes and interventions through demonstration or pilot projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries. However, the Task Force also believes that the principles contained in this document must be adhered to in order to maximize the effectiveness of the projects and to protect SSDI beneficiaries in the design and implementation of any demonstrations.
(March 4,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force FY15 Budget Statement
The Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force today issued the following statement in response to the release of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal
(March 4,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD statement for record Hearing on the Social Security Disability Fraud Scheme in New York
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a working coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of the 54 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(February 8,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report for 2013
(January 14,  2014) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to Senate on DI/UI Offset
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities are writing to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
(January 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Fact Sheet on DI/UI Offset
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extension: Don’t Cut Social Security to Pay For an EUC Extension
(January 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force Statement Regarding NYC Fraud Allegations
Approximately 100 former police officers, firefighters and others were indicted this week in New York City for allegedly fraudulently obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
(January 12,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter DI-UI
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities are writing to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
(January 9,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
 
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