Supplemental Security Income

Schatz US Sen. Brian Schatz recently became a cosponsor of S 2089

NSCLC leads an effort to update the SSI program. The Supplemental Security Income Act,  which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)  in March 2014, would make needed fixes (S. 2089/H.R. 2016). U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) recently signed on as cosponsors of the bill. More than 70 national and local organizations have endorsed the bill.

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.

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 recent blogs urging passage from the Center for American Progress and Bread for the City. Also, see 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.