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Today’s economic realities—higher health care and housing costs, disappearing pensions, inadequate Social Security benefits, and the lingering effects of the Great Recession—mean more people, including older adults, are struggling to pay for housing, food, medicine, and other necessities.
As seniors fall further behind, they are aging into poverty and homelessness. Today in America approximately 7 million seniors are living in poverty.
To address poverty among seniors and people with disabilities, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act in the House along with 31 cosponsors, while Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the bill in the Senate with Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and 15 other Senators cosponsoring.
The Act will restore the original intent of the program by updating outdated rules and modernizing a number of financial eligibility rules.