Disabled and unemployed: Twice the benefits?

Released: 
December 04, 2012

Americans who qualify can receive both unemployment compensation and disability insurance.

There is no law to keep Americans who qualify from receiving both unemployment compensation and disability insurance. 117,000 individuals double dipped the programs in 2010, costing the government $850 million in overlapping claims. 

With disability insurance benefits on the rise – and the explosion in unemployment claims that came with the recession, there is increased pressure for officials to re-examine those receiving dual benefits.

We have an animated infographic with more on this issue of double dipping. Make sure you click around to see all its components. See “What Do Others Say?” for more views, then add to the discussion below. Should double dipping be outlawed?