NSCLC believes that protecting Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is a priority. Throughout our history, we have fought to preserve these safety net programs through working with the Social Security Administration, challenging unfair practices in the courts, and, in collaboration with others, defended the programs from harmful change.
Several proposals have been offered by policymakers in 2010-11 to change Social Security as we know it. The arguments for change have tied the problems with future solvency to the current federal budget deficit even though the program has nothing to do with it.
NSCLC is a member of Social Security Works, a coalition that
seeks to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. We also work closely with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a national membership organization, and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 66 aging organizations, on related advocacy issues.
- Advocates Look to NSCLC for How DOMA Impacts Benefits Programs
In an August 20, 2013 webinar attended by some 500 advocates from across the country, The Demise of DOMA: The Impact on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for Same Sex Couples, Directing Attorneys Gerald McIntyre and Georgia Burke explained what is...
- WEBINAR: Language Access Issues in Social Security and Medicare
Free Webinar - October 8, 2013
Limited English proficient (LEP) older adults face common issues in accessing federally administered public benefits, in particular Social Security and Medicare.
More than 3.3 million of America’s seniors are not...
- JOINT WEBINAR: National Senior Citizens Law Center & National Consumer Law Center: “Fugitive Felons”: Clark v. Astrue Implementation for SSI & Social Security and Similar Provisions in Other Benefit Programs
NSCLC & NCLC Webinar - September 25, 2013
Learn about the court ordered relief currently being provided in Clark v. Astrue to class members whose Social Security or SSI benefits were suspended because of an arrest warrant.
This session will a...
- Testimony on Social Security Payments Go Paperless
On behalf of NSCLC and others, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia's Rebecca Vallas testifies at Senate Select Committee on Aging June 19, 2013 about protecting seniors from fraud and confusion. The hearing was videotaped.
- Table Helps Calculate Medicaid Eligibility Under Pickle Amendment
(11/15/12) The Social Security Administration recently announced its cost of living adjustment for Social Security and SSI benefits effective January 1. This adjustment affects the calculation of Pickle Amendment eligibility for Medicaid in 2013. This ...
- Medicare Benefits Restored Because of Clark v. Astrue
Thanks to the efforts of NSCLC, class members in the Clark v. Astrue case who lost their Medicare Part B benefits when their Social Security benefits were stopped and they could no longer pay the premium will be able to have their Medicare Part B bene...
- Statement: Happy Birthday to Social Security
In observing this anniversary, we need to celebrate the critical role played by Social Security in enabling older Americans and workers who become disabled to live independently and not be a burden to their offspring. We also need to be vigilant and ...
- Policy Issue Brief: Does the Social Security COLA Need to be Changed?
(7/24/12) As policymakers debate changing the cost of living adjustment, NSCLC recommends a switch to the CPI-E as the basis for calculating the COLA for Social Security, veterans and other federal benefits. Read the brief.
- NSCLC Supports Rebuild America Act
In a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), chair of the Committee on Health, Education , Labor and Pensions, NSCLC strongly endorsed the Rebuild America Act. NSCLC praised the Act’s inclusion of a provision that ensures that beneficiaries who receive b...
- Treasury Rules Governing Garnishment of Directly Deposited Benefits
Effective May 1, 2011, rules went into effect governing garnishment from accounts into which certain exempt federal benefits are directly deposited. The new rules are designed to assure the account holder of uninterrupted access to at two months wort...