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SSA Commissioner Begs for Bigger 2013 Disability Budget

Commissioner Michael J. Astrue of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is pleading Congress to give the agency enough funding for fiscal year 2013.

The SSA has asked Congress to dish out $11.9 billion in budget authority for 2013, up from $11.6 billion for 2012.

The SSA is expecting to pay $143 billion in benefits to more than 11 million disabled people and family members in 2013.

High priority is allocated to private disability insurers under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program of the SSA.

The SSDI program provides benefits to workers with severe disability that prevents them to do work that pays more than a nominal amount of income.

The cost of SSDI benefits is covered by a trust fund. However, the SSA has to come up with funding needed to administer the program.

Oct. 1 marks the start of the new fiscal year.

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