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Paths Taken By New Awardees of Federal Disability Benefits
DRC Brief Number: 2016-06
Publisher: Washington, DC: Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
May 30, 2016
- 80 percent of DI-first awardees and 53 percent of SSI-first awardees either achieved no additional milestones of any kind in the 10 years after their initial award or died or attained full retirement age before reaching any other milestone.
- 6 percent of DI-first awardees subsequently received SSI, and nearly 25 percent of SSI-first awardees subsequently received DI. Both DI-first and SSI-first awardees in top 10 paths who achieved work-related milestones were more likely to be younger than age 45; DI-first awardees in these paths were also more likely to have more than a high school education.