Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Ssi

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Ssi

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Effective January 1994, the monthly Federal SSI benefit rate was raised by a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.6 percent. The rate for an eligible individual living in his or her own household and with no other countable income increased from $434 in 1993 to $446 in 1994. For a couple where both members are eligible, the rate went to $669.

Program Trends

* In December 1993, 5,984,300 persons received federally administered SSI payments--an increase of 418,100 (7.5 percent) over the previous year, and 1,391,300 (30.3 percent) since December 1989. Of the total, 2,113,300 (35 percent) were aged 65 or older; 3,100,600 (52 percent) were blind or disabled adults under 65; and 770,500 (13 percent) were blind or disabled children.

* The number of disabled adults under age 65 rose by 257,400 (9.2 percent) between December 1992 and December 1993, and blind or disabled children by 146,700 (23.5 percent). Since December 1989, the total number of disabled adults under 65 has increased by 37.3 percent, and blind or disabled children, by 160 percent. There was little change in the number of recipients who were aged 65 or older; or blind adults under 65.

* During 1993, 971,200 persons were awarded federally administered payments, an increase of 1. …

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