Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative John Larson (D-CT) recently introduced legislation to ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has the resources it needs to provide beneficiaries with the services and support they deserve. The Social Security Administration Fairness Act (S.3147/H.R. 6251) establishes a set funding level for SSA equal to a percentage of the overall benefit payments the agency pays out. The legislation would also impose a moratorium on Social Security field office closures to halt the loss of additional field offices.
Additionally, Sanders’s legislation would eliminate the five-month waiting period before disability recipients can receive disability benefits and the two year waiting period before they are eligible for Medicare. The current delay in disability or health care benefits can be detrimental for people already dealing with the effects of a serious disability, in addition to other health problems.
Co-sponsors to this legislation in the Senate are Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI). The corresponding legislation in the House of Representatives has over 30 co-sponsors.
Justice in Aging is tracking this bill, and encourages advocates to show their support for the bill by writing or calling their Members of Congress and asking them to sign on in support or thanking them for co-sponsoring.