Social Security Administration Payments to State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies for Disability Program Beneficiaries Who Work: Evidence from Linked Administrative Data
Social Security Bulletin. 78(4): 29-47, 2018
19 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2018
Date Written: November 7, 2018
This article’s authors use linked administrative data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration to evaluate SSA’s investment in services provided by the federal-state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. A unique data resource permits a comparison of the value of SSA payments to state VR agencies for services provided to disability program beneficiaries who find and maintain a substantial level of work with the value of the cash benefits those beneficiaries forgo because of work. The authors find that the value of cash benefits forgone by beneficiaries after applying for VR services is substantially greater than the value of SSA payments to state VR agencies for those services.
Keywords: Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Beneficiaries, Work And Return To Work, Disability Benefits Forgone For Work
JEL Classification: H52, H55, J11, J14
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