SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP
Class focuses on working and benefits
Are you (or someone you know) receiving Social Security disability benefits and interested in exploring your work options?
Do you have questions about work like these:
If you or someone you know is on Social Security and wants to work but isn't sure how to get started, the WISE (Work Incentive Seminar Event) is the place to be!
- Can I work and still keep my Social Security benefits?
- Can I work and keep my healthcare benefits?
- Who can help me understand how working will affect my benefits?
- Who can help me find a job?
The WISE will be held August 26 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham.
Space is limited, so please call toll free (877) 743-8237 or register online today. This is an accessible event. You may request a sign language interpreter or materials in alternate formats five days in advance by phone or online.
SOCIAL SECURITY FACES CUTS
Federal deficit leading discussion on benefits
Social Security benefits to people with developmental disabilities could be soon be significantly reduced. As the nation celebrates the 75th
birthday of the Social Security system, the National Commission on Fiscal
Responsibility and Reform is discussing mandatory
spending on Social
Security benefits, with an eye to reducing the federal deficit by 2015. The Commission's final report and
recommendations are due in December.
More than a third of
people who receive monthly social security payments are not retirees,
8 million workers with disabilities
1.8 million children of
workers with disabilities
children with disabilities
200,000 widow(er)s with disabilities.
Workers who pay Social Security taxes qualify for disability and
retirement benefits, and, if they die, their spouses and children receive
survivors' benefits. People with disabilities may receive Social Security's
retirement, survivors and disability insurance benefits based on their work
history, age or eligibility category.
"The Social Security trust
funds have a surplus of $2.6 trillion for paying future benefits," said Annie Acosta of the Disability Policy Collaboration. "There
is no need to cut Social Security benefits."
Contact your senators and representatives to let them know how you feel.
MEDICAID BILL PASSED
Legislation funds Medicaid, teachers
Last Tuesday, President Obama signed House Resolution 1586 into law, extending Federal Medical Assistance Program funding for another six months. Funding for the program, which helps states pay for Medicaid funding, would have ended on December 31st of this year. Governor Chris Gregoire, along with governors across the country, had lobbied strongly for the extension, as Washington state faced across the board cuts of 4-5% if the funding had not been renewed, including many services vital to the developmental disability community.
applaud the Senate for today's vote extending FMAP support to the states," said the Governor. "Moving forward on the FMAP extension means Washington, and many other states, will not
be forced to make drastic cuts that would have harmed both our citizens and our
economic recovery. The Senate heard that now is not the time to lay off
thousands or to eliminate medical services for those who need it the most. Such
actions would have been devastating to Washington
state by slowing our recovery and potentially pushing us toward a double dip recession.
It is important to note that in light of the economy states have already cut
their budgets, in Washington
state we've cut $5.1 billion from the state budget.
Of the $26 billion dollars called for by the bill, $16 billion would go to FMAP and the remaining $10 billion would go to providing educational assistance to the states, saving an estimated 3,000 teaching jobs in Washington alone.
The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals,
educational programs, and funding for people with developmental
disabilities, their families and the organizations that serve them.
This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program.
KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Phone: (202) 224-3441
Sen. Patty Murray
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Rep. Rick Larsen
Phone: (202) 225-2605
Sen. Dale Brandland
Phone: (360) 786-7682
Phone: (360) 786-7854
Rep. Doug Ericksen
Phone: (360) 786-7980
Sen. Val Stevens
Phone: (360) 786-7676
Rep. Dan Kristiansen
Phone: (360) 786-7967
Rep. Kirk Pearson
Phone: (360) 786-7816
Sen. Kevin Ranker
Phone: (360) 786-7678
Rep. Dave Quall
Phone: (360) 428-1023
Rep. Jeff Morris
Phone: (360) 786-7970
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Ferndale Street Festival
Contact Maureen: 671-8568
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Summer Street Law
Corner of Railroad and Holly
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Street Law at the Library
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue
10:00 am - Noon
Youth Self Advocacy Group Meeting
The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact Amy: 715-0170
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Parent to Parent Support Group
Whatcom Center for Early Learning
2001 H Street
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting
St. Luke's Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway
Contact: 734-8396 x229.