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In order to help individuals meet daily needs, the federal government provides income assistance through a number of government programs; one of the largest income assistance programs is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which provides monthly cash benefits to low-income individuals who are aged, blind, or disabled. The SSI program is completely administered and funded at the federal level by the Social Security Administration. The program was created in 1974 specifically to eliminate the widely varied state income assistance programs. As a result, eligibility, benefits, and program rules are the same across every state.

In FY2014, spending for the SSI . . .

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