Language Access/Income Disparities

NSCLC plays a leading role in advocating for the Social Security Administration’s implementation and enhancement of its language access policy (to see related articles on this topic, click here).

Defining poverty among low-income older Americans has often relied solely on the federal poverty level, but it does not truly measure how poor someone is. NSCLC endorses and supports the Elder Economic Security Index, developed by Wider Opportunities for Women.

As part of the National LGBT Aging Roundtable, NSCLC seeks to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples related to Social Security benefits such as survivor or spousal benefits. In 2012-13, NSCLC is urging same sex couples to apply now for benefits in light of pending Supreme Court action on the Defense of Marriage Act. (Click here to hear and see a webinar on this topic)