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Larson, Veterans’ Groups Condemn Trump Administration’s Proposed Social Security Disability Rule

January 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), the Union Veterans Council (AFL-CIO), and VoteVets released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s proposed Social Security disability rule which would increase the frequency of continuing disability reviews (CDR). These reviews can be extremely difficult for Americans with disabilities to navigate and can lead to loss of benefits -- Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare -- when individuals are unable to complete this complex process, even though they continue to meet eligibility criteria.

“The Trump Administration’s proposed rule would harm the well-being of people with disabilities. Increasing the frequency of the reviews would force beneficiaries to go through a complex process that they may not be able to navigate, resulting in them losing their disability benefits even though nothing medically has changed. This would be devastating to impacted veterans, who rely on the Social Security disability benefits they have earned to put food on the table and a roof over their families’ heads. Instead of proposing harmful new procedural barriers, we should instead be focusing on expanding benefits for veterans through the Social Security 2100 Act,” said Larson.

“This rule will only make it harder for our nation’s heroes to retain the help they deserve in an already complicated system. Stability for our veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat-related disabilities is a crucial factor in successful transitions and long term care. The increase in Social Security disability reviews will only add undue burden and stress to these veterans and their families,” said the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO.

"Once again, the Trump Administration is attacking Social Security and threatening the lives of thousands of Americans with disabilities.  For veterans across the country who have worn the uniform of the United States and will be affected by the President's efforts, this is an insult and a betrayal of trust.  On behalf of our members -- veterans and military families nationwide -- we thank Chairmen Neal and Larson for their continued leadership and urge the Trump Administration to abandon its pursuit of this harmful rule change,” said Will Goodwin, U.S. Army Veteran and VoteVets Director of Government Relations.

In December Larson sent a letter alongside House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., House Ways and Means Worker & Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny Davis, D-Ill., Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senate Finance Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Senate Aging Committee Ranking Member Bob Casey, D-Penn. objecting to the proposed rule and calling for an extended comment period.  

 

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