Coalition Releases Report on Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Delays and Other Problems

A report from the Strengthen Social Security Coalition
recognizes the importance of how core administrative functions impact the lives
of 57 million Social Security and 8 million SSI recipients. At an event on
Capitol Hill, National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) Executive Director
Paul Nathanson joined U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL),
Keith Ellison (D-MN), David Cicilline (D-RI), as well as other Strengthen
Social Security Coalition leaders. They spoke to fixes needed and called for
more funding for administrative functions. Specifically, the Transition Report
for the New Commissioner of Social Security report highlights problems with
issues that the NSCLC has championed such as language access by applicants and
recipients, funding for administrative functions, customer service, public
understanding of benefits and research related to retirement and disability
policy. The report also criticizes serious delays in disability determinations
and a broken non-disability appeals process. The coalition is made up of more
than 320 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million
Americans. Nathanson is co-chair of the coalition’s Adequacy of Benefits
Committee along with Nancy Altman, Joan Entmacher, and Eric Kingson. The full
report can be found online as well as a video of the Capitol Hill event. NSCLC
sent a press release on the report.

Source: National Senior Citizen Law Center

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