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Social Security Disability Insurance: What Does It Mean to American Workers and Their Families?

July 8, 2014, 9:30am ET - 11:00am ET

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About This Event

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, protects nearly all American workers and their families in case of a life-changing disability or illness. About 8.9 million disabled workers, as well as 2 million spouses and children, currently receive modest but vital benefits. With action needed to address the program’s finances as soon as 2016, SSDI has become a hot topic for Congress, policymakers, and the media.

Join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a conversation about what SSDI means to American workers and their families and the options for securing the future of this vital program past 2016.

At this event, we will release an issue brief that provides an overview of SSDI and its role in ensuring economic security for American workers, as well as recommendations to ensure the program’s continued solvency.

Welcoming remarks:
Neera Tanden, Counselor, Center for American Progress Action Fund; President, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman, Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee

Featured speakers:
Melissa Boteach, Vice President, Half in Ten and Poverty and Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress Action Fund
Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
Virginia Reno, Vice President for Income Security, National Academy of Social Insurance
T.J. Sutcliffe, Director of Income and Housing Policy, The Arc of the United States
Eva Dominguez, Legislative Representative, Alliance for Retired Americans and Latinos for a Secure Retirement

Moderated by:
Rebecca Vallas, Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.

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Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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