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Petitioning Deputy Commissioner, Legislation and Congressional (DCLCA) and 4 others

MODIFY and INCREASE SSI Benefits, STOP Tax Breaks for the Fortunate, & PROVIDE Better Health Coverage!

I am requesting 100,000 petition signatures that I want/will present to The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Legislation and Congressional (DCLCA) as well as, The President of the United States whom controls Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to consider an increase on the cap of SSI recipients benefits. I also want these forms of government to provide total/better health care coverage to promote sustainable lifestyles of those disabled due to we do not have proper income to support ourselves and be able to provide the proper health care that we need being disabled with low income. I believe this can be obtain if we STOP the tax cuts the rich!

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes) that is designed to help the aged, blind, & disabled citizens whom have LITTLE or NO INCOME. It is also stated that it is designed to provide cash to meet the basic needs for food, clothing, & shelter. However these basic needs are not being met do to the poor economy & inflation on almost everything needed to promote proper care for the disabled. Below I will share & explain some aspects of my life and lastly explain some of the struggles that other recipients of SSI also struggle with and face daily/monthly.

My name is Krystalyn Katz aged 20 of Michigan and I have been disabled for about 8 or 9 years and receiving SSI benefits for a few months that started in early 2012. My disabilities started with me discovering that I had asthma and possible Hemophilia but later in life, a new main contributing component of my disability was added after a surgery that was needed and performed in December of 2007. After my surgery, I was having constant chronic abdominal pain & I would persistently inform my operational doctor that these new occurrences that were always happening. I was then sent to a Gastrointestinal Doctor because my operational doctor was positive that I was suffering constipation but he was wrong & due to unknown chronic abdominal pain, I was put on pain killers, high fiber diets, & fiber drink supplements. The diets proved that it was not constipation and that the chronic pain was still always constantly high and always getting worse as time passed. Over the years I had then lost a few nerve functions & my chronic pain become so horrible that, my family had actually located a Urology doctor whom is known to solve cases like mine & he was and currently still is one of the top Urologists in Michigan. At the end of January 2010, my Urologist had come to the conclusion that he had possibly discovered what had been the source of my chronic abdominal pain over the years and had immediately scheduled me for major priority exploratory surgery. I was then informed that if his hypothesis/ assumption were correct, he would have to then combine a second surgery into that current surgery in order to try to help reduce some of the chronic abdominal pain & nerve issues that I faced.

During my exploratory surgery in February of 2010, my Urologist had discovered that his assumption was correct, confirming that at the conclusion of my surgery in 2007; my nerves had been caught at each end of my suturing primary resulting in me having to have a few nerves cut. Between 6 months to a year after my surgery in Feb. 2010, I had then still suffered with chronic abdominal pain and regained some of my nerve functions but I had lost some parts of my mobility. It was also discovered that I was suffering pain from the severe nerve damage that was contributed from getting my nerves cut due to the constriction of blood flow through the damaged bad nerves.

Not only do I suffer from Asthma, Chronic Abdominal Pain, & Severe Nerve Damage, but I also suffer from Arthritis, Bronchitis, recurring Migraines, Limited Mobility, Degenerative Disc Disease, Insomnia, & bulged disk that are crushing my spinal nerves. Due to the severity of health issues that I suffer from, I am supposed to make multiple monthly trips to my specialist & weekly appointments for physical therapy, but due to the Underfunding LIMITED income I receive from the Supplemental Security Income Administration I cannot meet all of my required health needs. Through Supplemental Security Income the maximum amount of supplementary income that a SSI recipient can receive in Michigan is $698 a month, while on the other hand most recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) receive a monthly cap of $300 and $2,200 with the average SSDI payment in 2012 being $1,111 a month.

Others SSD recipients whom have average covered earnings over a period of years is known as an average indexed monthly earnings (AIME) a formula is then calculated into their primary insurance amount (PIA) determining their benefits amount. Recipient’s benefits amounts are then calculated by taking their AIME and added it to their PIA, plus 32% of your AIME from $749 to $4,517, plus 15% of your AIME over $4,517. Which I feel is unfair to the long term disabled recipients of SSI whom was chosen to receive SSI instead of SSD, because recipients did not earn sufficient work credit but due to their long term disability, they could not work to gain/establish these work credits. Which was the case for me and also, I could not become listed under Childhood SSD because my mother did not have enough work credits (Because she was a single mother) or I did not have disabled parents (However, my family is full of disabilities & my mother has an irregular heartbeat).

It is stated that a person qualifies for SSDI if;
o they have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from engaging in any "substantial gainful activity" ("SGA"), and ☑
o the condition is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and ☑
o they are under the age of 65, and ☑
o generally, they have accumulated 20 social security credits in the last 10 years prior to the onset of disability (normally four credits per full or partial year); one additional credit is required for every year by which the worker's age exceeds 42 ☐

For that reason I speak not only of myself, but also the others who suffer from the following (As well as other difficulties I did not list); due to physical condition and medications a person takes, it is impossible for some recipients to have the ability to work along with SSI through work incentives therefore a recipient cannot meet physical or financial needs. As well as, due to not having transportation or funds to pay for someone to drive you to your doctor appointments /therapy, due to not being able to properly pay for a care-taker whom helps you by grocery shopping on the days you cannot move or get out of bed (which is often) and care for you needs such as providing cooked meals and bathing you, due to not being able to fully pay for the month at all for one or more utilities or your rent/mortgage, due to not being able to pay your property taxes completely, due to not fully being able to find a home that is fully equipped to meet a person’s handicaps, & one of my last points would be, due to not being able to pay for your medications either from being expensive or a lack of funds that SSI recipients face mainly, recipients under the age of 21 face this problem as well & other recipients over the age of 21 (Whom can afford insurance) have insurance plan requires having to pay co-pays for medications (This is quite common for Cancer patients whom have medications that are extremely expensive because of the fighting agents found in them to extend/promote comfortable living).

Why are we, as tax payers and United States citizens, letting tax cuts for the rich cost us &11.6 MILLION an HOUR or better stated OVER $270 MILLION A DAY!!  Now multiply $270 million by 365/366 (the number of days each year) & well you get the picture, were losing over 98 BILLION a year in wealthy tax cuts. Even our current president, President Barrack Obama (2008-2012) is for ending tax cuts for the wealthy, 

"We don't need more top-down economics, we've tried that theory," Obama added, referring to GOP claims that lower taxes on the wealthy will stimulate hiring, reduce huge budget deficits and bring prosperity to all taxpayers. 

Just look at the past decade of growth we've had; there is NO GROWTH & THE JOB MARKET HAS DECLINED! 

Thus, I am requesting the help of American’s to help me produce 100,000 petition signatures to present to The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Legislation and Congressional (DCLCA) as well as, The President of the United States whom controls Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to consider an increase on the cap of SSI through stoping the tax cuts of those whom are wealthy. Also, I want these forms of government to providing SSI recipients with total/better health care coverage to promote sustainable/healthier lifestyles & I want you, the petition signee, to PLEASE CONSIDER that if these recipients were your family members that their well-being would be in jeopardy & suffering may occur. Plus I am certain that if these basic needs are met, this will have an impact that will slightly improve the economy crisis that we as a nation are currently facing.

Krystalyn Katz/Supporter of Basic Human Rights

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