Social Security:

Rising Disability Rolls Raise Questions That Must Be Answered

T-HRD-93-15: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO discussed the status of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. GAO noted that: (1) the rate at which insured persons apply for benefits has grown since 1989, and almost half of DI applicants receive benefits; (2) the program has evolved so that new beneficiaries are younger, suffer from mental impairments and receive Supplemental Security Income to supplement their DI benefits; (3) both GAO and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can identify changes occuring in the DI program; and (4) without quantifiable factors and data, GAO and HHS are unable to predict whether the increase in awards will continue, level off, or reverse itself.

Nov 9, 2017

Sep 6, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

May 17, 2017

Apr 26, 2017

Feb 6, 2017

Dec 15, 2016

Looking for more? Browse all our products here