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Is the Government Cutting Corners with Our Social Security Benefits?

Is the Government Cutting Corners with Our Social Security Benefits?

Here’s The Scoop

Are Americans being shortchanged on their Social Security benefits? Recent data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) suggests a troubling trend. In the past year alone, over 100,000 individuals have been cut off from Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a critical lifeline for adults and children with disabilities or blindness who have little to no income.

Between May 2023 and May 2024, the number of SSI beneficiaries plummeted from 7,380,737 to 7,261,342. The most substantial decreases were among disabled or blind recipients, with a drop of 140,034, while the number of recipients aged 65 and over rose slightly.

These figures highlight a growing concern about the adequacy and management of our social safety nets. California saw a staggering drop of 16,573 SSI claims, primarily among the disabled and blind, while Texas saw a reduction of 14,587 claims. It’s alarming that some of our most vulnerable citizens are being left without the support they desperately need.

The SSA recently announced changes to its decision-making process for SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The removal of outdated job categories—such as reptile farmer and railroad telegrapher—from their assessment list took effect in June, but it’s unclear whether these changes justify the dramatic reduction in beneficiaries.

This decrease raises significant questions about the transparency and fairness of the SSA’s actions. Are we witnessing a bureaucratic tightening that disproportionately affects those who can least afford it? And why are the numbers declining so sharply in states with high populations of vulnerable individuals?

As we navigate these troubling developments, it’s crucial to scrutinize government actions and demand accountability. At a time when Americans are facing economic uncertainties, the last thing they need is to lose the very benefits that help them survive.

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  1. C.B. PATEL

    July 12, 2024 at 7:28 am

    Government, and especially this Biden Administration doing anything and EVERYTHING possible to make-&-keep as many folks as possible “Government Dependent” which guarantees them POWER. The shame part is Major Media is complicit in all this. The Media should cover such actions by the Government to keep people informed which deters Government from doing this. History will show what today’s Major Media did but that is no comfort to the folks who lose decent Living.

  2. Tkedo

    July 12, 2024 at 10:28 am

    Maybe these are the people who are committing fraud. I get calls daily from people stating I am entitled to SS disability. We need to cut back and find out those who are collecting and not deserving of this. Also, we need to get all ILLEGALS off from collecting this benefit. They are signing them up is what I have been hearing. Maybe they are ridding the American people from the system to pay them? Either way, those who put into the system for years are the only people entitled to this along with those who TRULY cannot work, the REAL DISABLED. So much corruption and false claims.

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