In May 2018, Justice in Aging Directing Attorney, Tracey Gronniger and senior  staff attorney Kate Lang spoke at a Congressional briefing about the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The briefing was hosted by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ).

As more older adults are aging into poverty, SSI is critically important in preventing homelessness and hunger. However, the program is badly in need of an update. The current rules and provisions have been in place since 1972 and are out of step with today’s economic realities. As a result, SSI recipients are falling further and further below the poverty line.

Justice in Aging supports the Supplemental Security Restoration Act that Representative Grijalva introduced as a way to make some important and long overdue changes. However, we are concerned about cuts that other lawmakers have proposed.

Speakers at this briefing discussed who the program benefits, why it matters, and how we can work together to strengthen the current law. The briefing also included information on some of the cuts that have been proposed and discussed how those cuts could weaken the program and cause great harm to millions of seniors and their families. Representative Grijalva gave opening remarks.

Other Speakers Included:

  • Tracey Gronniger, Directing Attorney, Economic Security, Justice in Aging
  • Kate Lang, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
  • Kathleen Romig, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Sutcliffe, Senior Director, Income & Housing Policy, The Arc
  • Jasmine Jefferson, MPP, Legislative Director, Social Security Works & Strengthen Social Security Coalition