Note: Not all of the government is in turmoil and partisan gridlock. I subscribe to the The Arc's newsletter and learned about a bill that would have a direct impact on much of the 18 and up autism community. It's called the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act. For many SSI is their sole income. Group homes use the money to run their programs. Families charge rent and provide food and clothing basics with the money. The ceiling payment is $914 a month. Think about living on $10,968 a year. Anywhere in the United States, let alone the expensive areas. The savings limit for an individual is $2000. To rent an apartment, landlords typically require 1st month's rent, and 2 security deposits. The average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment is $1700. And a disabled adult really needs TWO bedrooms, one for a caretaker. $1,700 x 3 months is $5,100 just to move in. Impossible. And that's just rent. Read more and share your family's experience below.
Each year, tens of thousands of people have their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits reduced, suspended, or permanently revoked because of SSI rules that have not been updated in over 30 years.
In some cases, asset and income rules prevent people from taking new jobs, getting married, or saving for their future.
These outdated rules must be changed to improve the lives of SSI recipients, including millions of people with disabilities and their families. Read nore at the link above.
From the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
On Tuesday, September 12, the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act was introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
This bill makes long-overdue reforms to the SSI program that would empower millions of people with disabilities to earn and save more money for their futures.
The Case for Updating SSI Asset Limits
Raising or Eliminating Limits Would Reduce Administrative Burdens Without Dramatically Increasing Enrollment
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program for low-income elderly and disabled people has the strictest savings limits of any federal program. Eligibility is limited to people who have only $2,000 (or $3,000 for couples). This is not enough for beneficiaries to weather an emergency, let alone provide stability or save for the future. Administering the resource limit, often referred to as an asset test, is burdensome for both Social Security Administration (SSA) staff and for claimants. Policymakers should increase or even eliminate SSI’s resource limit amid growing bipartisan support to do so. Read more at the link above.
The Wuhan Cover-Up: And the Terrifying Bioweapons Arms Race (Children’s Health Defense)
“Gain-of-function” experiments are often conducted to deliberately develop highly virulent, easily transmissible pathogens for the stated purpose of developing preemptive vaccines for animal viruses before they jump to humans. More insidious is the “dual use” nature of this research, specifically directed toward bioweapons development. The Wuhan Cover-Up pulls back the curtain on how the US government's increase in biosecurity spending after the 2001 terror attacks set in motion a plan to transform the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under the direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci, into a de facto Defense Department agency.
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