Efforts Made to Locate and Enroll Potential Recipients of the Supplemental Security Income Program for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

HRD-76-176: Published: Dec 6, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 1976.

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The rate of participation in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the effectiveness of Social Security Administration (SSA) outreach efforts were evaluated.

Out of an estimated 7.2 million persons eligible to participate in SSI, 4.3 million were enrolled as of September 1976. Many efforts were made to reach potentially eligible persons. The SSI-Alert project used governmental agencies and volunteer groups to reach individuals and provide information. The Master Beneficiary Record Leads project extracted leads from social security records who were sent forms for filing claims. Saturation projects and additional efforts were conducted and proposed. In spite of some positive results, the efforts were inadequate because of organizational difficulties or lack of contact with the neediest individuals. Original estimates of eligibility may have assumed more liberal requirements than were warranted.

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