#CripTheVote Chat on Proposed Changes in
Social Security Disability Reviews
Sunday, January 12, 2020
7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific
With guest hosts:
Rebecca Cokley Center for American Progress
Matthew Cortland, Disability Rights Attorney
Elena Hung, Little Lobbyists
Community Legal Services
Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Activist and Disabled Entrepreneur
The Trump Administration is proposing new Social Security Disability rules that could mean more reviews and paperwork in order to keep disability benefits which could result in hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities losing their benefits. For more information:
Social security disability benefits: What Trump's proposed cuts could mean for recipients - Anita Wadhwani, Tennesean
Trump proposes Social Security change that could end disability benefits for hundreds of thousands - Jake Johnson, Salon.com
The Trump Administration Has a New Stealth Approach to Kicking People Off Disability - By Matthew Cortland, Talk Poverty
It would help to add a few links to articles explaining the proposals, and to places where people can comment or take other action.
How to Participate
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Introductory Tweets and Chat Questions
Welcome to the #CripTheVote Chat on Proposed Changes in #SocialSecurity Disability Reviews, with guest hosts @RebeccaCokley, @mattbc, @LittleLobbyists, @CLSPhila & @tinu.
Remember to use the #CripTheVote hashtag when you tweet. For this topic you can also add #NoSocialSecurityCuts. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote”
We will be talking about 2 programs in particular today: SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). For more about each: https://www.ssa.gov/disability/ #CripTheVote
The proposed Social Security changes involve “Continuing Disability Reviews.” For information on these reviews: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-cdrs-ussi.htm #CripTheVote
Q1: What have you heard about the Trump Administration’s proposed changes in Continuing Disability Reviews? #CripTheVote
Q2: Are you on SSDI or SSI benefits, or both … now or in the past? What would happen to you financially if you were to lose your benefits because the Social Security Administration thinks you're no longer disabled? #CripTheVote
Q3 If you receive SSDI or SSI benefits, how long did it take for you to qualify, from first applying to receiving your first check? #CripTheVote
Q4 Have you gone through a Continuing Disability Review? What was that process like? #CripTheVote
Q5: What are some of the most common beliefs and misconceptions people have about SSI and SSDI? #CripTheVote
Q6: How do these Social Security proposals relate to other efforts to cut benefits to people with disabilities? #CripTheVote
Q7: How do we explain the danger of this proposal to people who think it's just a common sense effort to prevent fraud and overpayment? #CripTheVote
Q8: What are some positive changes that could be made to SSDI and SSI that would actually benefit disabled people? #CripTheVote
This concludes our #CripTheVote chat on Proposed Changes in Social Security Disability Continuing Disability Reviews. Many thanks to our co-hosts @RebeccaCokley @mattbc, @LittleLobbyists, @CLSphila & @tinu.
Please keep the conversation going! A recap of this chat will be up shortly. For more information on #CripTheVote, visit the blog at: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/