Social Security and the Proposed Budget

Apr 28th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Much Ado About Nothing??

When the 2021 proposed budget was released from the White House in February, 2020, we heard quite an outcry from senators and representatives. They were (rightfully) concerned about what appears to be cuts to Social Security.

SeniorCitizenJournal.com decided to take a look at the proposed federal budget, with the help of FactCheck.org, a project that comes out of The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The proposed budget itself is a pretty complicated manuscript. Understanding it requires help from interpreters.

Well, the ‘proposal’ is largely an annual ritual that establishes the administration’s priorities, but is never acted on by Congress. And according to FactCheck.org, “The budget proposes reductions to the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs, but not reductions to the retirement portion of Social Security.” That means Social Security benefits to most senior citizens will not be reduced in this budget proposal.

So What is Being Cut?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will see some cuts if this budget is approved. SSDI provides benefits for people unable to work due to a medical condition that lasts more than a year (or causes death). SSI is for low-income disabled adults and children.

FactCheck.org says, “The savings from SSDI — benefits for those unable to work due to a medical condition that lasts more than a year or causes death — and SSI — for low-income disabled adults and children — would come partly from reducing retroactive benefits beneficiaries can receive from 12 months to six. That means a worker who becomes disabled would be eligible for half the amount of retroactive benefits once he or she applies.”

In other words, the cuts are specific to 1-6 year old children and disabled adults with regard to retroactive benefits after the application has been submitted.

There are other pieces of the proposal that apply to specific situations in SSDI and SSI programs, not the retirement benefit in Social Security. The article in FactCheck.org is well-researched and quite detailed. SCJ recommends taking the time to sit down and read it. Digest it. We need to be educated voters, and we need to be sure what we understand about these issues is factual.



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