The DI trust fund has made a striking revival since 2015 when it was just one year away from exhaustion. A new analysis (https://cepr.net/the-social-security-disability-insurance-trust-fund-bounces-back-have-workers/) from the
The article, The Social Security Disability Trust Fund Has Gotten Healthier:
The rate of disability claims which are allowed declines from just over 60 percent in 1999 to just over 50 percent in 2018. That allowance rate excludes applicants that were turned down for technical reasons, such as having earnings that are too high to qualify or not having enough quarters of work to be eligible for benefits.
"The increased difficulty in obtaining disability benefits does save the program money, but potentially at a human cost," explains co-author and CEPR senior economist Baker. "If people who are in fact disabled are too discouraged to apply or are being denied benefits, then the program is not performing the function for which it was designed."