Social Security disability benefits are often the only source of income for individuals who, due to physical and/or mental impairments, are no longer able to work. These modest payments (and the accompanying health insurance) are crucial to individuals who would otherwise risk being homeless, hungry, and uninsured. In advance of the House Ways and Means Committee’s hearing on the Social Security Disability Insurance program, the Center for American Progress has released a study that reveals the extent to which rising income inequality has affected the solvency of the Social Security trust funds and poses a threat to their long-term financial health. 

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