Federal and state budgets are mismanaged, corrupted, and hacked. Lawmakers clench their fists and tighten their belts. Who are the first to suffer for a lack of governmental vision and oversight? The people who need the most help are the first to sacrifice. Citizens and voters suffering from poverty, neglect, or disabilities do not have the muscle and cash of superpacs and corporations. There are government programs that work to even the playing field.
“For roughly 12 million people with disabilities, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, both core components of our nation’s Social Security system, provide critical lifelines. The modest but vital assistance that Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security provide makes it possible for individuals with severe disabilities and health conditions to live independently, keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, and pay for needed, often life-sustaining medications and other basic expenses.”
It is important to note that SSDI and SSI are not entitlements taken lightly by the Social Security Administration. People pay into the program with previous employment and qualify for benefits when they become physically or mentally disabled. Healthcare is subsidized and the emphasis is to get people back to work. There are a multitude of programs offered by the SSA that provide education vouchers, vocational training, and job placement. Contact us to learn more about your rights and opportunities provided by the Social Security Administration.
Think about the facts the next time you hear a politician whine about able-bodied Americans seeking to defraud the government for nothing. Nothing, especially in government, is perfect. People suffer; and there should be a safety net provided for citizens in need of assistance. SSDI can and should be modified to better serve all Americans. The explosion and dissemination of technology has created a new world for Americans with disabilities to work and become difference makers. Social Security’s Disability Insurance maintains a plan to extend these opportunities to all members of society.