From what appears to be a press release:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced three bills on Wednesday, each aimed at improving the administration and integrity of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Essentially, Hatch’s legislation modernizes the antiquated “grid rules,” which have been used for many years to determine the level of disability and eligibility for the program. The bills also simplify the benefit process and create a medical-evaluation standard on par with Medicare.Notice what's going on here. Hatch and other Republicans are afraid to say they want to cut Social Security disability. No, they use the euphemism "modernize" but, trust me, this is about making it significantly harder to get on disability benefits. And it's not just the use of a euphemism; they want to keep their fingerprints off the unpleasantness that results from the "modernizing." They want to force the executive branch to do the "modernizing." They'll then blame the executive branch for the resulting public anger. Nice jujitsu move if they're allowed to get away with it. Also notice how it appears that they're timing the introduction of this bill to coincide with what's going on in Kentucky. I don't think that's coincidental.
“For far too long, the SSDI program has failed to keep up with the rapid changes in medicine, technology and education,” Hatch said. “These bills are the first step in modernizing the SSDI program to make it more effective and efficient for both beneficiaries and taxpayers.”
The Guiding Responsible and Improved Disability Decisions (GRIDD) Act would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update the medical and vocational grids that are used by disability decision makers. (The “grid rules” take a number of quality-of-life issues into account to determine whether an individual is or is not disabled, but the rules were originally written in 1979 and have never been updated to today’s standards).
The Promoting Opportunity Through Informed Choice Act would create a support system for disability beneficiaries who want to return to work by mandating that the SSA develop public online tools to assist beneficiaries.
The Disability Evidence Integrity Act would discourage the SSA from making determinations on whether disabled individuals should receive Disability Insurance benefits based on any evidence provided by those who have been convicted of a felony or are otherwise disqualified from participating in a federal health care program.