Why It Matters
Social Security and SSI play a vital role in helping people with disabilities to live independently in the community and meet their basic needs. Many people with disabilities rely on benefits for much of their income. Discussions about Social Security, however, often focus on retirement and seldom address potential effects on people with disabilities in the retirement, disability, and survivor’s programs.
In recent years, inadequate funding of SSA’s operating budget has eroded the agency’s services across the board. People with disabilities have experienced increasingly long delays and decreased service in accessing critical Social Security benefits. Processing times for disability claims have grown, especially at the hearing level where delays have reached historic and intolerable levels. Behind the numbers are individuals with disabilities whose lives have unraveled while waiting for decisions — families are torn apart, homes are lost, medical conditions deteriorate, once stable financial security crumbles, and many individuals die.
What The Arc Is Doing
Personalizing the Fight to Protect Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI provides a basic standard of living for millions of people with disabilities and their families across the United States. Monthly SSI benefits help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities put food on the table and a roof over their heads – and in most states, SSI ensures access to Medicaid. SSI also plays a vital role in helping families raise children with significant disabilities in the family home.
Unfortunately, some in Congress are talking about cutting SSI. Let your members of Congress know why SSI is vital to you and what would happen if your SSI was cut.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to advocate with and support The Arc’s grassroots movement.