The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), whose members are attorneys and non-attorneys who represent people in Social Security disability claims, strongly and unequivocally support including long-overdue improvements to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program in the reconciliation package that is currently being drafted.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides critical income assistance to 8 million very low-income people with disabilities and older adults. The maximum SSI benefit for 2021 is just $794 per month, well below the federal poverty line, but even this extremely modest benefit helps people with disabilities and seniors to maintain housing, purchase food, and meet other basic needs.
Unfortunately, as President Biden recognized in his campaign platform, SSI has been left to wither on the vine for more than 30 years, and an array of outdated program rules mean that SSI no longer provides the basic economic security that it once did. We strongly support the inclusion of President Biden’s campaign commitments on SSI, as well as other important updates featured in the SSI Restoration Act of 2021 (H.R. 3824/S. 2065), in the reconciliation package.
NOSSCR members recently received a call to write their representatives in support of strengthening SSI. Together with our members, we are working hard to improve SSI and the quality of life our member’s clients experience.
To read NOSSCR’s letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Richard Neal, and Chairman Danny K. Davis, click here.