The 2008 tax rebate program featured as part of the George W. Bush economic stimulus plan came under criticism for not providing any assistance to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and many senior citizens and disabled veterans. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act changes that.
The bill provides a payment of $250 to retirees, disabled individuals and SSI recipients receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement beneficiaries, and disabled veterans receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to the Social Security Administration, the one-time payments of $250 to individuals who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security benefits should be sent by late May 2009.
Also see: Social Security Primer
- For a detailed cost breakdown of the 2009 economic stimulus bill, see: Economic Stimulus Package by About Guide to the US Economy Kimberly Amadeo.