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Sharp Growth in Fed Disability Insurance Program

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Sharp Growth in Fed Disability Insurance Program

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Sharp Growth in Fed Disability Insurance Program

Sharp Growth in Fed Disability Insurance Program

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The insurance program for disabled workers known as SSDI has quietly become one of the federal government's largest and most costly social programs. Nearly six million Americans under 65 are now on the disability rolls. The number has risen sharply as definitions of disability have expanded. NPR's John Ydstie reports.