undertaken in 1972, ssi represented the first part of an effort to gradually phase out welfare programs, which were seen as demeaning and poorly funded because of lack of popular support.">

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Supplemental Security Income

Posted on:8/21/2012
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a less well-known welfare program that offers financial help to several populations who are not otherwise covered by any social insurance program, or whose social insurance payment is below the poverty level: the needy aged (65+), and the visually or otherwise disabled, basically unemployables.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a less well-known welfare program that offers financial help to several populations who are not otherwise covered by any social insurance program, or whose social insurance payment is below the poverty level: the needy aged (65+), and the visually or otherwise disabled, basically unemployables.

 

Undertaken in 1972, SSI represented the first part of an effort to gradually phase out welfare programs, which were seen as demeaning and poorly funded because of lack of popular support. It is not an employment associated program, but it attracts little public resistance, possibly because public hostility toward welfare mothers does not extend to the SSI population, who are not thought responsible for their plight. Originally undertaken with the aged in mind, the disabled, including many children, quickly became the major beneficiaries of SSI.

 

The program provides income support to needy aged and disabled individuals. This program defines disability in the same manner as the disability insurance program. It differs from disability insurance in that the size of the benefit varies with the recipient's income from all sources; income or assets larger than the eligibility standard render ineligible those who meet the disability criteria. Medical care is provided SSI recipients through Medicaid, a public assistance program. Program benefits consist of a basic federal benefit, which is uniform across the states, and an optional state supplemental benefit. Thus, total benefits under SSI vary by state of residence.


  
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