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Empire Justice Comments to OTDA on Proposed Regulations regarding the State Supplement Program

May 23, 2014

 

Our comments on the proposed regulations regarding the State Supplement Program (SSP), part of the monthly benefit paid to most Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, which will add a new Part 398 to 18 NYCRR and which also includes an amendment to 18 NYCRR 358-5.12.

The overarching theme of our comments is that there should be consistency between SSI and SSP program rules in order to reduce confusion for SSI recipients, their families, and their advocates.  For decades, the state supplement has been invisible and SSI has meant one check, one process and one set of rules. SSI recipients will be best served if the rules in the two programs are consistent. In the long run, we believe this will also provide administrative efficiency for the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), although at the front end it will require that staff become more deeply familiar with SSI program rules.

Click here to read the full text of our comments to OTDA.

For more information, please contact:


Susan C. Antos

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
santos@empirejustice.org



Louise M. Tarantino

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
ltarantino@empirejustice.org



Catherine M. Callery (Kate)

Empire Justice Center
Telesca Center for Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 200
Rochester, NY  14614 


(585) 454-4060
(585) 454-4019
kcallery@empirejustice.org