April 15th, 2020
Contact: Linda Benesch, lbenesc[email protected]

Trump Administration Finally Follows the Law, Agrees to Send SSI Recipients Their $1200 Payments Automatically

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in response to today’s announcement from the Treasury Department that adult Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will get their $1200 CARES Act payments automatically.

“The seniors and people with disabilities who receive SSI are among the most vulnerable groups in America. The CARES Act was written to get SSI recipients their $1200 payments automatically, but Donald Trump and his political appointees — with characteristic disregard for the poor — initially refused to listen.

After much pressure from advocates and members of Congress, the Treasury Department is finally following the law. Now, they need to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to do the same for those receiving veterans’ pensions.”


Social Security Works is a non-profit organization working to improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations by fighting to expand Social Security, improve Medicare, and lower the outrageous prices of prescription drugs