The Facts on SSI for Kids

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for low-income disabled children are back in the news, in part because of a recent New York Times by Nicholas Kristof.  Unfortunately, the program is being subject to some sharp criticism that is based on misunderstanding of key issues related to SSI for poor children with disabilities.  Discussion and debates concerning this program should be rooted in facts and data, not impressions, misimpressions, and anecdotes.  Here, we present basic facts about the program and try to clear up some significant misunderstandings.