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Most Baby Boomers Overestimate Breadth and Depth of Public Safety Net for Disabled Workers
Date:5/5/2008

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Most baby boomers overestimate the breadth and depth of the public safety net available for workers who suffer a disability, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Baby boomers believe public programs provide disability benefits to more people than they actually do and most overestimate the amount of benefits available.

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"Baby boomers believe they have more disability income protection than they actually do, giving them a false sense of security against the financial risks of disability," said Karen Ignagni, President and CEO of AHIP.

The survey assessed boomers' knowledge about public disability income programs, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Workers Compensation. Nearly half of baby boomers believe incorrectly that a working adult would qualify for SSDI benefits if he or she were unable to work at their current job, but could still work at another job that pays less money. More than a third of baby boomers believe a worker is qualified if he or she can work no more than twenty hours a week, and one-in-four say they do not know what the qualifications are. In reality, workers are only eligible for SSDI benefits if they are unable to do any work for which they would earn $1,000 or more per month.

Only one-in-five baby boomers correctly estimated the average monthly SSDI benefit for a disabled worker to be about $1,000 a month. Eighteen percent overestimated the benefit and a significant number of baby boomers (43 percent) said they did not know how much the average monthly SSDI benefit was.

While a majority of baby boomers (60 percent) accurately stated that job-related illnesses and injuries are qualifications for Workers' Compensat
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