Low income Pennsylvanians need your help to restore cuts to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that were included in last year’s budget agreement—unbeknownst to most legislators, organizations, and citizens.
Please contact your state legislator and urge them to find ways to restore this cut. You can find their contact information at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm.
Prior to this month, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) was adding $27.40 per month to each Supplemental Security Income (SSI) check for the state’s low income, severely disabled, elderly, and blind.
Even with this supplement, many SSI recipients were only at 78 percent of the federal poverty line. As a result of last summer’s budget agreement this amount is being cut by $5 for an individual or $10 for a couple. This affects 345,000 Pennsylvanians, including 67,000 disabled children. While $5-$10 per month might not seem like a lot for people already living below the poverty level, it is a missed meal, a medical or pharmaceutical co-pay that cannot be met, or a para-transit ride that cannot be taken.