As the country’s budget issues continue to dominate talk in Washington, one of the items on the table seems to be Social Security — and, in particular, limiting benefits for people who receive Supplemental Security Income, known as SSI. Unfortunately, these people are among those who would be least likely to afford to be able to take a financial hit.
As it is, people in Oregon and elsewhere in the country who receive SSI benefits are not exactly flush with cash. According to government figures, people who receive SSI get just over $6,000 per year from the program, or just over $500 every month. More than half of SSI recipients say that this is their only source of income.
If one proposal is adopted, more than $125 billion in Social Security benefits in the next 10 years would go away. People could see their monthly SSI benefits payments go down in the years to come. Those who receive the benefits — many of them disabled, some of them children — would have an even harder time coming up with resources on which to survive.
People in Oregon who think they might be eligible for Supplemental Security Income might benefit from speaking with an attorney who has experience with Social Security-related issues. Many people may be unfamiliar with the process and the amount of forms and layers of bureaucracy they may encounter when applying for benefits. An experienced attorney can help ease the burden for people in this sort of situation.
Source: McClatchy, “Obama’s Social Security proposal detrimental to people with disabilities,” Mike Ervin, April 12, 2013