The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and to preserve their access to the courts.
Where We Stand:
It’s Time to Restore SSI to Its Original Intent
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is 41 years old. It’s time to restore SSI so that it can fulfill its intent to get people out of poverty and enable them to live a life of dignity and independence.
On October 30, 1972, President Richard M Nixon signed into law an amendment to the Social Security Act that created SSI. Over eight million Americans, all of them at least age 65 or unable to work because of severe disabilities, now rely on the program for their survival.
It’s important to recognize the ongoing value and importance of SSI to many poor elderly and persons with disabilities, but the fact is that today, older adults who rely on the program for their income security are deeper in poverty than when it started.
NSCLC joins with 49 other national and local organizations in endorsing the SSI Restoration Act of 2013 (H.R. 1601) which would fix many of the outdated and burdensome rules.
To read more about SSI and what’s needed to update the program, click here.
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