NOSSCR Denounces Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) issued a press release last month denouncing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget proposal, which included cuts to many programs, including Social Security.

The Ryan budget had $5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program over the next 10 years, which the organization said would remove vital income to seniors and people with severe disabilities, sending them into substantially worse forms of poverty.

“As advocates for the disabled, our members know firsthand the significance of these funds. Any cuts to this program would be devastating,” said Barbara Silverstone, Executive Director of the NOSSCR, in the release. “Rather than talking about cutting benefits, our leaders in Congress should be fortifying the program, which has not kept pace with inflation. We call on Congress to bring SSI in line with today’s standard of living by passing the SSI Restoration Act.”

The organization said that most SSI recipients have modest incomes (at an average of $17 per day).

What is The Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

The release from the NOSSCR did not address Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which operates separately from SSI. We have a page devoted to the differences between the two programs, which you can visit by clicking here.

The main differences between the programs involve funding, eligibility, qualifications, medical benefits and dependent eligibility. It should be noted that SSDI operates off a different budget than SSI—workers, employers and people who are self-employed pay into the SSDI program, and earn work benefits.

Additionally, SSDI recipients are also expected to have a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) done approximately every three years, which helps determine if a disability still allows a person to qualify for benefits. For further information on qualifications, we suggest you visit our FAQ page.

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