The budget proposes changing how much disabled workers get in retroactive payments from the time they were disabled to the time their disability application passed, president of Social Security Works Nancy Altman said.
Under current law, Americans can get as much as 12 months of retroactive pay, but the proposal suggests reducing that to six months. But the White House’s plan to shift responsibility to states could result in fewer Americans getting help they need, Altman said. “The spin is states have all this flexibility, but if they don’t have enough money the flexibility is figuring out who to turn down,.'
Six out of 10 people in nursing homes receive Medicaid assistance, which means they may never have had the money to pay for those services or they already spent down all of their assets. “If states don’t have enough money to pay that then they’re out of luck.'