For millions of people who weren’t required to file tax returns, including some people who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, or make less than $12,200 a year, much needed stimulus payments were not automatic. Instead they had to fill out an online form, which sounds simple enough. But like Justice in Aging Directing Attorney, Tracey Gronniger, said for this article, “Someone who is familiar [with the process], who has a computer, internet service, a home, resources, and time to do these things is in a much better situation to actually receive a stimulus payment.”
California has committed to developing a Master Plan for Aging in order to meet the needs of older adults today and for generations to come.
The second of the Master Plan for Aging series of papers, Increase Income for Seniors and People with Disabilities who Receive SSI/SSP, offers three specific policy recommendations for addressing the rising income inequality leading to a lack of retirement security, and for addressing the recession-era cuts that pushed SSI recipients below the poverty line.