Since 1974, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program has guaranteed a minimum level of income for needy aged, blind, or disabled individuals. Each year, we issue a report that presents data on the SSI program and the people who receive benefits from it. The report covers such topics as federal benefit rates and total annual payments, federally administered payments, state-administered supplementation, work incentives, applications, awards, denials, and suspension of benefits.
This edition has been expanded to include several topics of interest to policymakers. A new section on the outcomes of applications follows applicant cohorts over time to see how many undergo a medical review and what percentage of them are ultimately awarded benefits. The section on federally administered payments now includes a table showing country of origin of the nearly 1.5 million SSI recipients who were born in a foreign country. Finally, in response to numerous inquiries for data at the state level, we have provided state distributions for applications, awards, recipient rates, and receipt of Social Security and SSI on the basis of disability.
Alfreda M. Brooks compiled the data and prepared the report for publication. Emil Loomis designed the cover, Laurie Brown and Celine Houget edited the report, Kathryn Winstead provided final production assistance, and Laurie Brown prepared the electronic versions for the Web.
Acting Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics