We believe that no senior should have to choose between food and medicine, become homeless, or lack heat in the winter. We’ve been working with members of Congress to garner support for the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2015. Justice in Aging is the leading advocacy organization focused on updating the cornerstone poverty program for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
When SSI was signed into law in 1972, it promised to serve as a safety net for those who (through disability or age) were unable to work and had little to no pension, savings, or Social Security benefits. But, because important aspects of the program have not been updated in more than 30 years, some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens are deeper in poverty today than they were then. With 6.4 million seniors living in poverty today and income inequality on the rise, senior poverty is a huge and growing problem. The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2015 would update the income and asset limits to better reflect reasonable assistance in today’s dollars. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), with co-sponsors Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), introduced S 1387 in the Senate; and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), along with 25 House co-sponsors, introduced an identical bill, HR 2442, in the House on May 19, 2015.