Should Addicts Get Welfare?
Drury D. Stevenson
South Texas College of Law
Brooklyn Law Review, Vol. 68, 2002
This articles explores the history of federal SSI/SSDI benefits for those disabled by addictions, the competing definitions of addiction itself, and the policy rationales for repeated changes in the rules. I argue, as a policy matter, that addicts should be allowed to receive SSI/SSDI disability payments, perhaps subject to conditions, as the empirical evidence indicates such benefits encourage rehabilitation and reduce the incidence of addiction.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 56
Keywords: SSI, SSDI, social welfare, drugs, alcohol, addiction, substance abuse, medicaid, medicare, social insurance, moral hazard, adverse selection, welfare reform
JEL Classification: D31, D62, D78, H23, H53, H55, I12, I38, K42,Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 16, 2006
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