This free policy seminar explored the history of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, featuring authors of a new book that traces developments from the program’s enactment through the mid-1990s; discussants provided additional perspectives on the program’s history. The seminar also presented new data on the economic status of SSI recipients today and discussed ways to modernize the program for the 21st century.
Featuring the recent book The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy, by Edward Berkowitz and Larry DeWitt.
Watch the event video:
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PART 1: Lessons of History
The Other Welfare: Supplemental Security Income and U.S. Social Policy
- Edward Berkowitz, George Washington University and co-author of The Other Welfare
- Larry DeWitt, Social Security Administration (retired) and co-author of The Other Welfare
- Jennifer Erkulwater, University of Richmond
- Rebecca Vallas, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
PART 2: Understanding and Modernizing SSI
Characteristics of SSI Recipients:
- Jeffrey Hemmeter, Social Security Administration
Modernizing SSI for Today and Tomorrow:
PART 3: Putting It All Together—Understanding and Improving SSI
Open discussion with panelists and audience