Background Paper

Bridging Silos, Part II: DI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid Issues and Initiatives
November 14, 2003


Karen Matherlee


The second of two papers on the general topic of public disability and health benefits, this background paper lays out some key issues confronting the Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. It also discusses major initiatives to address those issues, in light of growing administrative, fiscal, and other problems.

Related Materials

The first of this pair of papers, "Bridging Silos, Part I," addresses the linkages among the DI, SSI, Medicare, and Medicaid programs and the effects on the programs of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and other legislation.

Other related Forum programming includes Forum sessions on aging demographics (May 9, 2008) and consumer direction and Money Follows the Person (November 7, 2008); reports from site visits to Fairfax, Virginia (March 2007) and Wisconsin (Madison and vicinity in August 2007, and Milwaukee in August 2008); and a paper on Real Choice Systems Change grants (Issue Brief No. 822, May 30, 2007).

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