Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

Brief

Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities

Part of the Federal Safety Net
July 1, 1997

Abstract

Welfare reform restricted SSI eligibility for children with disabilities. An estimated 22 percent of children are no longer eligible for SSI. While we do not know the impact of these cuts on the well-being of these children and their families, it is clear that total federal spending on low-income families will be reduced as a result while some states face bigger decreases than others. All states need to recognize this shift when revising their safety net programs.

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