Learn More about This Dialogue

Why is this dialogue taking place?

Each year, millions of workers in the United States develop a chronic illness, disability, or other serious medical problem. Many are at risk of exiting the labor force, especially if they do not receive timely and effective employment supports. These workers and their families frequently face substantial reductions in their standard of living, and may end up relying on public programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care.

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) policy collaborative, an effort is underway to develop actionable policy steps to promote positive SAW/RTW outcomes. As part of our work on this important initiative, we are looking to obtain feedback from a wide array of stakeholders on six policy recommendations intended to promote establishing work and full participation in life as accountable health outcomes. The input gathered during this dialogue will be used to fine-tune the collaborative's recommendations for action.

Why participate?

As part of this dialogue, we are hoping to gather multiple perspectives, on options for establishing work and full participation in life as accountable health outcomes and to refine actionable policy recommendations based on that feedback. Your input is needed to help augment, develop and further enhance the policy recommendations we have produced thus far as part of the SAW/RTW effort. We are looking forward to working with you and hope you will join us in this important effort.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in joining the conversation. We strongly encourage individuals and organizations responsible for the health and well-being of workers—public health experts, health care professionals, health insurers, employers, and the workers’ compensation and private disability insurance industries to participate.

This dialogue will run from Monday, July 27th until Friday, August 21st, 2015. To begin participating in the online dialogue, return to the dialogue home page and register to vote or comment on the six policy recommendations.