October 11, 2012 Webinar
During this heated campaign season, few in politics are talking about programs that help the elderly poor. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program covers over 8 million Americans; all of them are over age 65 or unable to work because of disabilities. A basic problem is that the program is still designed for 1972, the year it was signed into law by President Nixon. This means that the rules for qualifying are outdated as is the amount of basic income the program provides.
Most who need SSI for their economic security live at or below the poverty level. An SSI recipient cannot have more than $2,000 in available resources and, in most states, cannot have a monthly total income exceeding $718. Find out what improvements are needed to bring this vitally important program into the 21st century and why policymakers should be talking about it and taking action.
Paul Nathanson, Executive Director, NSCLC
Gerald McIntyre, Directing Attorney, NSCLC