Struggles With Ssi

— NPR's Vicki Que reports on one woman's attempt to get her nine-year-old diabetic daughter reinstated to the Supplemental Security Income program. Under new federal guidelines, Vanessa Cooke is no longer eligible to receive 511 dollars a month in SSI payments on behalf of her daughter, LaShaira. They do receive Medicaid assistance to pay for LaShaira's doctor bills, insulin, and syringes. But Vanessa Cooke argues that she needs the SSI money to buy medical supplies to test LaShaira's blood sugar and to pay for groceries. The tighter SSI eligibility rules are part of the welfare reform law.



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