WASHINGTON— Today, Representatives Grijalva and Slotkin reintroduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act, following the release of the latest Census Bureau reporton poverty which shows household income has risen at its slowest pace in four years. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides assistance to people who are disabled or elderly and have low income, and has gone largely unchanged since 1972. The SSI Restoration Act makes necessary updates to the program to keep people, including children with disabilities and their families, out of extreme poverty.
“On the heels of a census report that shows the poverty rate slightly rising for seniors who are already facing unprecedented challenges, we need to take a careful look at what’s working and what’s not,” said Rep. Grijalva. “The Supplemental Security Income program has succeeded in serving as a last resort to keep millions of elderly and individuals with disabilities out of the harsh realities of poverty, but far too many are being rejected from receiving the assistance they need simply because the program hasn’t kept pace with inflation. Modest updates will provide needed stability to those with disabilities and seniors who are continuing to struggle to afford basic necessities, such as skyrocketing costs of medication.”
“This issue is one I have heard about directly from autism advocates and families in our district, particularly parents preparing for children with disabilities to transition into adulthood,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin said. “I’m so proud to introduce a bill that can help ease the burden these restrictions are currently imposing on families trying to access benefits through this program. This bill brings the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s outdated limits up to speed with inflation — a common-sense adjustment that will make a huge difference for individuals and families caring for someone with disabilities.”
This bill helps restore a program that plays a pivotal role in the security of millions of Americans including over a million children.