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SSI Questioned For Disabled Children
Posted in: Supplemental Security Income on May 16th, 2012

ssiRecent examination into the current Social Security program budget has begun to focus on where and how the money is spent. Not just in terms of the past program expenses, but the future expenses as well. Supplemental Security Income is reserved for those in financial need that are over the age of 65 or disabled, but lack qualification for Social Security Disability Insurance. In recent months, scrutiny has thickened over the SSI funds going towards the disabled.

Deficit-Cutting Measures

As the program currently stands, $10 billion of SSI program funds are earmarked for disabled children. While there is no doubt that there are families who depend on, and require, the assistance provided by SSI; there are a fair number of skeptics as to whether these funds should continue in the future. At a forum earlier this week in Washington, disability advocates and critics met to discuss the role of these for the future.

Arguing that deficit-filled times call for deficit-cutting measures, questions arose as to whether SSI is the best source of financial assistance for poor families of disabled children. Further points were raised about the current state of the program, comparing it to essentially a “morphed alternative welfare program”. Those supporting SSI program reform suggest that the disabilities being covered by the program’s funds are hard-to-measure behavioral, mental and learning disabilities; most of which can be easily treated or overcome through other avenues of assistance.

The controversial forum did not lead to any major decisions or declarations, as lawmakers are always hesitant to move on issues surrounding disadvantaged children. For now the idea of SSI reform has been tabled and further discussions could be revisited as the election nears this fall.





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