H.R. 2135, Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act

Part of Chairman Johnson’s Commitment is to ‘promote opportunity’ for those with disabilities.  This includes those who apply for disability benefits but ultimately are not awarded benefits.  To help people return to work, the Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act (H.R. 2135) authorizes the Commissioner of Social Security to provide denied applicants information on employment support services – both public and private non-profits, so that they may reenter the workforce and not continue to cycle through the application process.  This would not affect individuals as they move through the appeals process, except as it relates to them being more likely to find employment.

H.R. 2135 Fact Sheet

H.R. 2135 Bill Text

H.R. 2135 Press Release

Letter of Support from the Association of Mature American Citizens

Letter of Support from the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation

Letter of Support from Easter Seals

Letter of Support from the National Council of Disability Determination Directors