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:
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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