Social Security “Family Plan”
MUST Change to Recognize Motherwork
“Family Plan” Economically Discriminates Against Caregivers of Disabled Children
Are you aware that Social Security has a “Family
Plan”? Yes! A “Family Plan”.
denies full Social Security Spousal Benefits to all moms who give
birth and take care of a developmentally disabled child throughout
When Social Security beneficiaries retire, their
spouse is entitled to 1/2 of the retirees’ benefits. However,
parents of Disabled children must share these benefits with
the disabled child/ren. This leaves very little Spousal Benefits.
This rule is the basis for what is known as “Family Plan”.
“Family Plan” is wrong. This “family plan”
must be eliminated from Social Security altogether.
“Family Plan” ~ it sounds like something every Political Party would
like to be a part of. “Family” is really big in everyone’s lexicon.
Use the magic word “Family” and win votes.
truth is, for 15 years I have had no favorable response from any
U.S. Senators, Congresspeople, or presidents.
took care of my autistic, retarded son for 24 hours a day, 365 days
a year for 24 years. So I did not build up enough work quarters to
qualify for Social Security on my own. I did not receive any pay
from anyone. I also took care of our 6 other children daily. They
all have college degrees.
am 80 years old. I have lost about $62,000 since I turned 65. My
disabled son now lives in a group home. He receives my other half of
This is the same for 20,000,000 mothers of the developmentally
disabled all over America. They have taken care of their disabled
child only to have full spousal benefits denied to them at age 65.
Following is an example of my Social Security amount in 2008.
Bank Account Statement
05/02/08 My Husband – Social Security
05/02/08 Me – Social
Security $ 348.00
If you have spent your life working 24-hour-a-day
job, without pay, taking care of a loved one, you are virtually
excluded from spousal benefits.
Impoverished people with disabilities are eligible for Supplemental
Security Income (SSI), Food Stamps, and Medicaid. SSI money is out
of General Revenue Funds. “Family Plan” is part of the Social
Security system. Only non-poor parents of developmentally disabled
children must give up their spousal benefits.
Spousal benefits for parents of Developmentally
Disabled should not be denied to elderly women (and some
men), who have spent their life caring for their loved ones. I love
Bernard, as do other parents of our God-Given disabled. Our lives
are built around and for them. But we need spousal benefits to eat
in our old age the same as everyone else.
Please write to your Congressperson and to your local newspaper to
let them know the “Family Plan” is wrong. THIS “FAMILY PLAN” NEEDS
CHANGE. Mothers of adult children in our enormous prison system do
not lose “spousal benefits”. Mothers of adult children in of our
enormous drug and alcohol systems do no lose “spousal benefits”.
Only 20 million loving, caring, giving, full-time caregiver birth
mothers lose “spousal benefits”. WHY???
This rule is grossly unfair, unjust, and
immoral. SILENCE NO MORE!