January 28, 2015

Boosting Employment for People with Disabilities

Medicare and Medicaid - The Next 50 YearsAs an individual with a disability, HDA’s Joe Entwisle has unique insights into the public and private systems that Social Security Disability Insurance supports. He recently joined a panel of experts to discuss the future of the SSDI trust fund, whose dwindling reserves threaten the social safety net.

“Supporting Work: Strategies to Boost Employment for People with Disabilities” was a roundtable organized by the National Academy for Social Insurance. The panel shared reports on the long- and short-term economic benefits of SSDI support, underscored the value of financial empowerment for persons with disabilities, and proposed strategic solutions to promote the financially secure, longevity of disability insurance programs.

While offering different recommendations on how to evolve SSDI safety-nets, each presentation emphasized that perceptions of disabilities in the workforce must change, a sentiment at the heart of HDA’s TBTL initiative.

The daylong roundtable was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on January 28. Joe is Senior Health Policy Analyst with HDA and a regular blogger on disability issues at Huffington Post.

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