Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 5, 1974 · Page 7
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 7

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, May 5, 1974
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As Washington Takes Over Aid Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, May S, 1974 · 7A Program For Elderly, Disabled Off To Slow Start hat tho Social Security Administration make plans to in .. r.nzc its $60 m i l l i o n computer system to permit "aster processing. By Kenneth B. Dalccki TIMES Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- A massive federal program designed to help elderly and disabled Americans has gotten off to a slow start and is developing new problems faster than old ones can be solved. More than a million low- income elderly, blind and disabled persons who apparently qualify for program benefits have yet to receive help because of the Social S e c u r i t y Administration's inability to process their claims. Millions of other citi/ens who could qualify for help are living without it because they have never heard of ttie new system. Initial efforts to reach many of them have been a flop. Some 3.5 million persons who are receiving aid h a v e been baffled during the first four months of the program by the constantly changing amount of their benefit checks. Unforeseen problems have resulted in some elderly ant sick persons being disqualifiec tor other government assistance programs. All of these difficulties hav resulted from the fedcra takeover of slate programs fo: the aged ami disabled undo what is called Supplements Security Income (SSI) on Jan 1. It is obvious from the firs four months of SSI operation that Congress and the Nixo A d m i n i s t r a t i o n were un prepared for tho maze o problem 1 - SS T would rvesent. SOME PLUSES Despite all the problems however, the SS program ha I t s pluses. Hundreds o thousands of persons who woul otherwise get no economic ai are getting it under SS Millions more are ejected ( qualify for limited assistance i the next few years. In addition, many person who have enrolled for SSI benc fits have discovered they als qualify for other aid program as well. SSI is the onlv major welfar reform the Nixon Admini tration has been able to pus t h r o u g h t h e Democrat! controlled Congress in its years in power. It replaces the hodge-podg of state programs for ti low-income elderly, blind a n disabled tinder a feder program nmviding for min mum monthly payments fo ful qualified persons." In m a n y southern .states the federal payment is higher than what those states offered their elderly and disabled. In other wealthier stales, tho federal aitl is supplemented by additional state benefiis. fully qualified individuals can get a gold-colored check for $140 per month from the federal government under SSI. Couples m a y qualify for as much as $210 per month. SPECIAL RURF.AU SSI is administered by a ecial bureau within the Social curlty Administration where ficials are quick to admit that has had a rocky e program iirt. 'There were many errors in ate data that we had not major Finding" peeled." said an SSI spokes an. "Every error required a t of work." SSI's first priority was to take 'er existing state rolls on enefit recipients. That totaled bout three million persons, iecause SSI standards to ualify for benefits are lower lan many state standards, jillions of other citizens are tpected to qualify for at least ome aid under the new rogram. Some 1.5 million new claims ave been filed for SSI benefils hrough local Social Security ffices, but only 350.000 have Ken' plugged into the system o far. "New claims are coming in ather slowly." an SS! official dmitted. "Many people are ligible for relatively small mounts and saw no reason to ile until the first of the year ·hen t h e program actually tarted." PREDICTION FAILS SSI officials had precicted hat some 4.8 million persons r ould be receiving benefils by he end of June, but they are lot optimistic about reaching hat goal now. It is estimated that 6.2 million Americans qualify for some SSI lid and early projections were ,o have them all signed up in ,hree years. The federal cost of the program during fiscal vear 1975 is put at $3.9 billion. Alerting the^- millions of Americans who may qualify for benefits and getting (hem to visit their local Social Security office has been a stumbling block to recipients, A test notice mailed to Social Security recipients who are also likely candidates for SSI benefits was "a disaster," one SSI official admitted. The notice f u n d s to finance a strong radio advertising campaign. A program called "SSI Alert" directed by the Office of Aging Committee on Aging. has also had "Some slates funds for SSI mixed have Alert results, refused because they did not want to be asso- FKor The 3. r gelling umlerst;:i constant!; their piiyn first check I,F, CONFUSED :| Hon persons now ecks have been confused by the iging amount of .,i. SS! sent out its for January hours ]lhe new benefit rate plus an I In addition to the conslanl extra amount to make up f o r l p a y m e n t adjustments, SSI January's underpayment. In March the checks declined to the new rate. simply confused people. Program officials are hoping the Administration will approve ciatcd with Deborah member on the program Kilmer, a the Senate ," said staff Special before Congress approved bonst in benefils. February's check ruflcc computers are working over- April checks had to be adjusted downward for many r e c i p i e n t s because they received a Social Security in crease which lessens their entitlement. newly certified the rolls and time to add recipients to keeping up with the constantly changing addresses of tliou .sands of beneficiaries. i n - 1 T h e General Accounting SSI Office issued a report this 'month in which it rccommcndet TERMITES ? CAU ADMIRAL PEST CONTROL ftoochet. Ants, Spiden, etc COMMERCIAL S RESIDENTIAL MONDAY- TUESDAY ONLY! K mart Blasts Rising Prices with these fantastit D/scounfs Super Cooling On The TV Set YORK, Pa. (AP) -- Four commercial cooling units all working at once can m a k e n room "as cold as Hades." anil that's what they were called or to do in the film, "The Kx orcist." tt'hen the devil in the film causes the room to become ex tremely cold, it is necessary for the viewing audience to realize this by seeing the actors breath change to vapor. I does, owing to the fact t h a t the temperature on the set was brought, down to zero. The refrigeration condensing units used are capable of low ering the temperature fo 30 dc grces below zero according I the manufacturer, Borg-Warn er's York Division here- M i I Kalish, the engineer who soli the equipment, said (hey wen designed to cool frozen-fooi storage are*is. "These places are construct ed to be cold," he said, "no like a movie set with all it lights, equipment and peop! generating a lot of heat. This i the problem «'e had to over come. But with four units this size, I would imagine th actors in the f i l m felt like th frozen pizzas these units m normally cool." he added. Folk Singer Perpetuates Old Songs MIDDLE GROVE, N.Y. CAP) -- Lawrence Eugene Older, 61 a journeyman mechanic who never got past the sixth grade or took a music lesson, knows hundreds of folksongs, ballads, reels and laments because he p as "raised on "em." And because others w a n t to ear the songs the \vay Larry Ider learned them from his amily and friends here in the outhern Adironrlacks, he and \x fiddle have been invited to lay at the Newport Folk Festi- al, Columbia University, the Northeast Old Time Fiddlers Convention in Vermont, which helped found, and Caffe ..ena in nearby Saratoga iprings, among other places, "A book's the worst place in tie world to get a song. That's vhy the collectors now are bo- *imung to listen and send their Indents right out inlo the voocls. When they hear a man inging a song, you know, they get it a lot closer. You can't nterpret off a piece of paper." OUIer, one of 10 children, be*an working as a logger when ic was 15 . r ind bought u fiddle or $3 with his first week's nay. WIDE KFl'ERTOIKE His repertoire -- "We'd bet- .cr be modest and say 500, bill : do 1,000 in effect" -- includes many songs of English, Scotch nnd Irish origin, although often *ivcn a mountaineer's twist. He earned most of them from his mother, who worked all her life professional cook in lum- Double and Triple Compartments J GIFT-LOVELY COLOGNE SET QUEEN SIZE PANTY HOSE 2 27 Se Re B . ^^^ ^^^" Set Set oHhree Vz-oz. bottles: "Emeraude". "Heaven Scent", and -Ambush". WHITE VINYL BAGS FOR MOM 5 Sheer seamless stretch nylon with nude heel. Medium, or tall; (it up to 200 Ibs. Many Styles Smart summer-white vinyl bags in shoulder or convert i b*; strap styles. Save! Fashion Accessory DepU LADIES' NYLON TOPS Our Refl. 3.37-3.57 2 33 2 Days Only r '»«"iy savings on neat shirt shapes. Always in ; n crisp easy-care fabrics. Fresh colors .id prints. Sizes 32*38. Charge It acr camps, from his father, of,en employed as a camp foreman, and from an uncle. And there was something in :hc environment that encouraged people to tell stories, which eventually were put to music, "If you set in a house growing up as a kid and hear two. three old men silting around a stove at night, telling ahout the deer they killed up in Dev i I's K i t chen or so m e where -- well, before you're 12 years old, you're going to hear thai deer killed a hundred times. You're going to hear the songs over and over and over. 1 ' Older and his wife, Martha, plan to retire this fall to Florida. He intends to record as many songs as ho can remember on tape, which should keep both him and collectors of his brand of music busy for years. COOKER- FRYER HER ELECTRIC 2-WAY SHAVER * 5 97 "Micro-Twin" shaving head one side for legs, the other lor underarms. 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