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CA Proposed Budget Cuts Would Affect SSI Recipients

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California's furloughs have been shown to negatively impact those receiving help from both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the state. Proposed budget cuts could work similarly, decreasing the amount of disability benefits that qualified disabled individuals receive.

According to Miami Herald, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to cut social services funds if the state does not receive the billions of dollars in federal money that he recently requested. Currently, elderly and disabled residents receive $845 per month through Supplemental Security Income and SSP, which is the State Supplemental Payment.

Last year, the disability benefits were $907 per month. It was also reported that $845 is the maximum amount that will be paid as a monthly SSI benefit, meaning not every person will receive that amount. The proposed funding cut would likely reduce the maximum amount for SSI benefits and SSP funding to $830 per month.

In addition to the possible funding cut, many SSI recipients have also had their Medi-Cal benefits slashed. Listed below are some of the coverages that have been cut because they are not Federally required: 

  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Hearing
  • Podiatry;
  • Counseling 

Though it is evident that California is in the midst of a severe economic crisis, it is socially irresponsible to withhold disability benefits from the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents who may not be able to find other sources of income. 

If you or your loved one are suffering from a severe physical or mental disability, you should contact a Social Security Disability advocate immediately to learn about your rights and determine eligibility. The process of securing Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be difficult and overwhelming. Don't go it alone! The disability advocates at LaVan & Neidenberg®, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL understand the inner workings of the Social Security Administration and will help you navigate the system. Call us today for a FREE consultation - 1-888-234-5758.

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1 Comments to "CA Proposed Budget Cuts Would Affect SSI Recipients"

As a SSI recipiant I find it quite disturbing that we have a government which seems not to care about the poor. More cuts? Ridiculus!!! $830 per month is far below poverty level and more will probably follow. Now the Feds are reducing money paid to offset utilities for section 8 housing recipiants, which will increase my co-pay by $7. Not too bad unless one adds up the Califonia governor's cutbacks. Now the kicker; the newest budgeting at the Federal level will be an appx. $108 increase for section 8 recipiants in the form of a higher co-pay!!! So... what this amounts to is this: for me the pending co-pay will be $326. I never thought I'd see the day we would have reductions at the Federal level, let alone the State. Why are we, the least able to make up for lost revenue, being attacked this way? This country spends BILLIONS of tax dollars on other nations, yet ignore it's own people. Such a disgrace! I certainly did not grow up hoping to be someday be unable to work! Perhaps the people we vote in to work for us should walk in our lives for a short time, then maybe they could see the struggle. I am very grateful for the help I get, yet cannot understand why and how the government can be so callus and indifferent toward their fellow citizens - men, women, children and particularly seniors. Where is our voice? I have emailed many politicians asking questions about the budget issues; none have responded.
Thank you for letting me vent.
Posted by Robert Gehr on April 11, 2010 at 06:04 PM

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