An article in Aging Today, as published in the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), December, 2013, Vol. 35, No. 12 serves as an excellent example of why protections for older American adults afforded by Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are vital for many. You may read the entire article at //nosscr.org/sites/default/files/ATv34n6-Vallas1.pdf. Excerpts of the information provided by the article are below.
On August 14, 1935, the Social Security Act was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to protect Americans against “the hazards and vicissitudes of life . . . [and} give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty – ridden old age.” Prior to the law’s enactment, the majority of older Americans were destitute or depended upon family or friends to meet basic needs like food and shelter (Social Security; //goo.gl/19Vxf).
Today, Social Security remains our nation’s single most effective anti – poverty tool, lifting more than 21 million Americans of all ages out of poverty, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (//goo.gl/CvOIKn). Without it, more than 40 percent of older Americans would live in poverty; thanks to Social Security, only 8.7 percent do. Older women are especially vulnerable – without assistance, more than 48 percent of women older than 65 would be poor, compared to 10.7 percent with Social Security.
There are other programs that provide vital assistance to elders and other vulnerable populations including Supplemental Security Income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, and federal housing assistance. Taken together, these programs cut poverty across the board almost in half, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (//goo.gl/70Mjp2).
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