Jamey Helgeson: Tell Congress to support the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act

Published 6:29 pm Friday, June 17, 2022

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The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides critical support for millions of people with disabilities and their families to be able to afford necessities like food and rent. But it has many rules that make it hard for people to save money and get out of poverty. SSI has an asset limit that has not been updated since 1989. Assets include money in bank accounts, property, and savings. Right now, people who get SSI can only have $2,000 in assets. Married couples can only have $3,000.

These asset limits mean that people cannot save money and force people with disabilities into poverty.  TAKE ACTION at https://tinyurl.com/SSISavingsPenalty: Urge your U.S Senators to support people with disabilities and their families by cosponsoring the bipartisan SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act (S.4102) which would raise these asset limits.

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