COALITION REPORT URGES FIXES TO SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS
Released Wednesday, May 15, 2013, a report from the Strengthen Social Security Coalition recognizes the importance of how core administrative functions impact the lives of 57 million Social Security and eight million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
At an event on Capitol Hill, NSCLC Executive Director Paul Nathanson joined U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Keith Ellison (D-MN), David Cicilline (D-RI) as well as other Strengthen Social Security Coalition leaders. They spoke to fixes needed and called for more funding for administrative functions.
Specifically, the Transition Report for the New Commissioner of Social Security
report highlights problems with issues that the National Senior Citizens Law Center has championed such as language access by applicants and recipients, funding for administrative functions, customer service, public understanding of benefits and research related to retirement and disability policy. The report also criticizes serious delays in disability determinations and a broken non-disability appeals process.
The coalition is made up of more than 320 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans. Nathanson is co-chair of the coalition's Adequacy of Benefits Committee along with Nancy Altman, Joan Entmacher and Eric Kingson. The full report
can be found online as well as a video of the Capitol Hill event
. NSCLC sent a press release
on the report.
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