Like Social Security Disability, SSI Program has Flaws

By Douglas I. Friedman of Friedman Law Firm, P.C.

Supplemental Security Income, commonly known as SSI, is a disability based program similar to Social Security Disability. However, it has much stricter income requirements in order to receive benefits. It is always interesting to hear varying views on the effectiveness of these programs. In a recent article in the New York Times, what is described as the “trap” of SSI is discussed. The trap discussed by the author is that being on Supplemental Security Income does not allow you to get back into work because benefits are cut off so quickly if you start to earn even very little money. The article discusses how a more flexible system would benefit everyone by helping people back into the workforce, not punishing them for trying. What the article does not discuss is the more sophisticated tracking and system of review a more flexible system would require. The government is already struggling to handle the system we have now. There are many different views on these programs, and all have valid points.

You can access the article here: New York Times Article.

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