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NainalSnirCiiznsLawCnr2013ANNuALRePoRtWWW.NSCLC.oRG7enetowastryingtosaveupforawintercoat.enetoWilkinsalifelongWashingtonDCresidentislivingwithseveralseriouschronichealthconditionsandhasdependedonSSIforthemajorityofhisincomefornearly30years.Helosthisbenefitsfortwomonthsbecausehewastryingtosaveupforawintercoatandanewbedandexceededthe2000limitallowedinhissavingsaccount.WhenhelosthisSSIbenefitshestruggledtopayhisrentandnearlybecamehomeless.HealsolosthisMedicaidbenefitsandwasatriskoflosingaccesstomedicaltreatmentsheneededtostayalive.Plusthegovernmentwantedhimtopaybackthe18000theypaidoutinbenefitswhilehissavingsexceededtheoutdatedlimit.Withhelpfromalegalservicesattorneyhisbenefitswereeventuallyrestoredandhedidnthavetopaythe18000back.RenetosstorywasusedattheAprilCongressionalbriefingandhewasintheaudience.Whenhewasintroducedtheaudienceapplaudedhimrecognizingthatnooneshouldhavetomakesuchimpossiblechoices.ontheannouncementofTheSupplementalSecurityIncomeRestorationActof2013H.R.1601ataCapitolHillbriefinginApril.ThebillstrengthensSSIbystreamliningandupdatingtherulesforeligibilityandamountofbenefits.Forexampleitwouldincreasetheresourcelimitfrom2000to10000allowingseniorsifabletosaveamodestamountofmoneytopayforhomeorcarrepairsandotherunexpectedemergencies.NSCLCengaged49otherorganizationstoendorsethebill.In2014NSCLCwillcontinuetodrawattentiontotheneedtoupdatetheSSIprogramtohelpalleviateseniorpoverty.RenetoWilkinsTwomillionpeopleoverage64receiveSSITwothirdsofrecipientsarewomenOver20percentareAfricanAmericanOneofeverythreespeaksalanguageotherthanEnglishInmanystatesSSIrecipientsliveonjust721amonthRecipientscanthavemorethan2000insavings