Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) Return To Work Act, S.2016, incorporates modifications for able-bodied Americans to return to work, but also includes protections if the individual has not yet recovered and needs additional time.
June 9, 2020
The Honorable Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas
326 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Cotton,
The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), with over 2.1 million members across the country, supports the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act of 2019, S.2016. This legislation provides a commonsense solution to save Social Security Disability Insurance from bankruptcy.
Currently, the SSDI program is growing at an unsustainable rate. Able-bodied Americans are receiving these benefits and accelerating eventual insolvency. The Return to Work Act will classify new beneficiaries based on whether medical improvement is to be expected. Beneficiaries who are expected to see quicker recovery would be given a timeline and the necessary resources based on their needs to return to work while on SSDI. This SSDI reform legislation also provides necessary protections if the individual has not recovered and needs additional time. Ensuring accountability into the SSDI program would help eliminate the current abuse of the system, incentivizing healthy employees to return to the workforce. This legislation is a much-needed reform to preserve disability insurance for those that truly need it.
Mature Americans that must temporarily receive Social Security Disability Insurance while recovering should be encouraged to return to work if they are able. AMAC supports legislation that preserves the SSDI program long-term for the permanently disabled in a fiscally responsible way. We thank Senator Cotton on behalf of our over 2 million members nationwide.