Do not underestimate SSI’s means-testing mess

Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Raderman

“The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash benefits to nearly 8 million individuals with limited means and limited ability to work. Applicants must meet strict medical criteria to qualify, although no work history is required (unlike with Social Security Disability Insurance). Unfortunately, SSI has many long-running problems, including the fact that many recipients remain in poverty despite the support. While recent bipartisan efforts would help recipients by raising the program’s severe asset limits, the proposed legislation does not address another major problem: stingy benefit levels.” (06/14/22)