Supplemental Security Income
Special Counsel Paul Nathanson addresses NASI The History and Promise of SSI seminar July 18, 2013.
Over eight million Americans, all of them at least age 65 or unable to work because of severe disabilities, rely on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program for their survival.
The 2014 federal benefit rate is $721 per month for individuals (and $1,082 for couples). Many states supplement this and provide Medicaid benefits to recipients. However, a SSI recipient cannot have more than $2,000 in resources ($3,000 for couples). And, in most states, someone must have less than $730 in monthly income in order to be eligible. SSI benefits can be reduced if someone receives in-kind support and maintenance such as food and/or housing, even from a family member.
Today, older adults who rely on SSI for their income security are deeper in poverty than when the program started. NSCLC supports efforts that would restore the SSI program so that it can — as President Nixon said the day he signed SSI into law — “mean a big step out of poverty and toward a life of dignity and independence.”
Read the story of Reneto Wilkins in NSCLC Helps who lost his SSI benefits when his savings exceeded the resource limit and was assessed $18,000 in overpayments for the months that it did.
- Aging Committee Hearing Focuses on Senior Poverty; SSI Fixes Urged
At a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to spotlight senior poverty today, key witnesses advocated for updating the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and other National Senior Citizens Law Center priorities.
- New Issue Brief: SSA’s Failure to Process SSI Appeals Requests
A new issue brief from the National Senior Citizens Law Center says that the Social Security Administration needs a uniform system in place to input and track appeals by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and to ensure that all requests for ...
- Sponsors and Endorsements of SSI Restoration Act 2013
At the end of 2013, there were 50 organizational endorsements and more than a dozen House cosponsors of HR 1601.
- SSI Restoration Act of 2013 Policy Issue Brief
SSI Policy Issue Brief 2014 outlines the background and highlights of H.R.1601 which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2013.
- SSI Fact Sheet 2014
SSI FACTSHEET 2014 shares updated information on the Supplemental Security Income program including the federal benefit rate, the resource limit, demographics and more.
- SSI Turns 41; It’s Time to Restore the Program to Its Original Intent
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October 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC –On October 30, 1972, President Richard M Nixon signed into law an amendment to the Social Security Act that created the Supplemental Security Income program. Over eight million Americans,...
- Why SSI Needs an Appeal Process that Works
A new NSCLC issue brief, Why SSI Needs an Appeals Process that Works, provides an overview of how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are harmed when the Social Security Administration decides to stop or decrease their benefits, and they have...