As part of its efforts to reduce spending on vital human services, Congress is considering a disastrous plan to eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children nationwide. This cash assistance, with an average benefit of $664 monthly, is narrowly limited to the most vulnerable children with disabilities: those who have marked and severe functional limitations who live in a household with low income and few assets. Often, parents use this income to cover the additional expenses associated with raising a child with disabilities, such as costs for exceptional child care needs, extra utility costs, time off from work to care for their child or take their child to medical appointments, safe and accessible housing, special diets, respite, and health care.
In Pennsylvania, close to 70,000 children are vulnerable to losing their SSI, among 1.3 million children nationwide.
Disability Rights Pennsylvania is seeking stories from families whose children receive SSI so that they can effectively advocate for continuation of this essential support. Please tell your story by clicking here to fill out their survey.
If you need a copy of the survey mailed to you, or to speak with a staff person, call 1-800-692-7443.
There are three things that you can do to help protect SSI for children with disabilities.
For a list of all US House of Representative members in PA and the numbers of children with disabilities who receive SSI in each of their Districts, click here. When contacting Senators Casey and Toomey, the 70,000 statewide total figure can be used.