SSI Rate Increase Action Needed

Carla Erhartic

On Thursday, June 9th, the New York State Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.7333) increasing the Social Security Income (“SSI”) rate adult care facilities receive in order to ensure that these services continue to be available to low income SSI recipients.

Specifically, this legislation will provide a three-year phased-in SSI increase as follows:  $2.50 per day increase effective January 1, 2017, an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2017, and an additional $2.50 per day increase effective April 1, 2018. 

New York has not increased the State portion of the Supplemental Security Income SSI rate for low income elderly and disabled individuals in adult care facilities in 9 years.

As you are well aware, the current $40 per day is clearly insufficient to provide room, board, meals, activities, case management, supervision and medication assistance for our SSI recipients.

While the State portion of the SSI rate has remained frozen for 9 years, facility costs for food, labor, health insurance and utilities, among other things, have increased year after year.

NYSCAL respectfully requests that you call your Assembly Member ASAP and urge their support for the Assembly to pass A.10244. Please click the following link if you need assistance in identifying your Assembly member and/or their contact information. http://nyassembly.gov/mem/

The legislative Session ends Thursday, June 16th so your timely advocacy is critical to NYSCAL’s efforts to help ensure the quality of care and services to low income SSI recipients and prevent closures of needed SSI facilities.  Thank you!