A House Ways and Means subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disabled children to consider the program’s future. SSI provides monthly cash assistance to people who are disabled, blind, or elderly and have little income and few assets; in September 2011, 8 million people collected SSI benefits — including 1.3 million children under 18.
Here are some important things that lawmakers should know about SSI for disabled children:
The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) examined the SSI program for disabled children as Congress debated changes to the program in the mid-1990s and concluded that — while some reforms were merited — it serves a compelling need. As they review this program, lawmakers should remember its vital importance to some of America’s most vulnerable children and families.