Social Security and SSI play a vital role in helping people with disabilities to live independently in the community and meet their basic needs. Many people with disabilities rely on benefits for much of their income.
While these benefits are vital, they come with many restrictions on people who receive them. These include a reduction of benefits when two people receiving SSI get married (the "marriage penalty"), a $20/month limit on other income, and a maximum asset limit of $2,000.
Some of these restrictions also apply to critical Medicaid benefits, forcing people to live in poverty and preventing them from achieving their vision of a full and productive life.
We are fighting for significant changes to strengthen the Social Security system and afford people who receive these benefits the opportunity to build a life of their choosing.