Budget Package Leaves in Place Recession-Era Cuts to SSI/SSP Grants for Seniors and People With Disabilities
Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) grants help 1.3 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities to pay for rent, food, and other necessities. State support for SSI/SSP grants – which are funded with both federal (SSI) and state (SSP) dollars – was reduced substantially during and following the Great Recession. State policymakers eliminated the annual state COLA and cut the SSP portion of the monthly grant from $233 to $156 for individuals and from $568 to $396 for couples – the minimum levels allowed by federal law. The Legislature’s original version of the 2015-16 budget package would have increased grants for individuals by $10 per month beginning on January 1, 2016, and also would have reinstated the state COLA for SSI/SSP grants effective January 1, 2020. However, the budget agreement reached with the Governor deleted these provisions, leaving the recession-era cuts to SSI/SSP in place during 2015-16.