Due Friday! Action Needed on SSI Eligibility Threat


January 28, 2020 | by Amber Smock

Urgent Action is Needed

SSI eligibility is under threat

Disability advocates are rallying this week as we approach Friday’s deadline for public input on proposed changes to Social Security eligibility. These changes could have very negative consequences for people with a range of disabilities. The changes involve a shift in the way that Social Security decides if you are “disabled enough” to get Social Security. As those who have dealt with the Social Security system already know, it’s extremely difficult even right now to get approved in the first place.

[Quick access to submit your comment opposing SSA here.]

The full rule can be accessed here.
A page that helps explain what the rule change is can be found at this link.

Tuesday, January 28 in Washington DC: Senators Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, and Ron Wyden, Representative Boyle, and representatives from the Arc of the United States, the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Social Security Works, Little Lobbyists, and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and disability attorney Matthew Cortland held a press event to publicly denounce the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule that radically changes how SSA determines whether benefits recipients remain eligible over time. If implemented, this would slash the Social Security disability safety net by a whopping $2.6 billion by 2029 and imperil the lives of hundreds of thousands of disabled people who rely on these benefits to make ends meet.

The proposed rule changes about SSI eligibility would be a real burden for people with disabilities already dealing with a challenging SSI process. Our friends at the Center for Public Representation put together this easy form to submit a public comment about why making SSI harder to get and keep is unreasonable. If you have not commented, please do so by Friday, January 31!