Skip to contentNational Women's Law Center

For Single Elderly Women, Poverty Increased

NWLC’s analysis of yesterday’s Census data shows poverty rates generally stabilized after three years of increases. But one notable exception is the significant increase in the poverty rate for women 65 and older living alone, which rose to 18.4 percent in 2011 from 17.0 percent in 2010.

We can’t yet explain why poverty increased for this already vulnerable group of women; the poverty rate for all women 65 and older was unchanged from 2010 at 10.7 percent. But we do know that single elderly women are especially reliant on income from Social Security. So we’re worried that policy makers continue to look to the Simpson-Bowles report as a model for deficit reduction, including its proposal to reduce Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment by changing the measure of inflation to the “chained consumer price index,” because this proposal would especially hurt women.

Some politicians seem particularly intrigued by this idea, since it sounds like a technical change that might not be recognized as a benefit cut, and it starts out small. But the cut from the chained-CPI gets deeper every year. That’s particularly harmful to women because they live longer than men. Our analysis found that for a typical single elderly woman with an initial monthly benefit of $1,100, switching to the chained CPI would reduce her monthly benefit by age 80 by $56 – the equivalent of more than one week’s worth of food each month. By age 95, the loss would be equivalent to nearly two weeks’ worth of food each month.

While most of the Social Security benefit cuts proposed in the Bowles-Simpson plan would fall most heavily on future retirees, especially today’s children, the only way the Bowles-Simpson plan gets the savings it projects from switching to the chained CPI is by applying this cut to current beneficiaries.

The Social Security benefits of women 65 and older average a modest $12,100 per year – but without them, half of women 65 and older would be poor. So we really hope policy makers think long and hard about yesterday’s poverty numbers – and, far more importantly, the people behind them – before cutting the benefits that millions of older women, especially those living alone, depend on.

Comments

I admire this article for the

I admire this article for the well-researched content and excellent wording. I got so involved in this material that I couldn’t stop reading. I am impressed with your work and skill. Thank you so much.
Lasit vairak

Nice to be visiting your blog

Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i've been waited for so long. I need this article to complete my assignment in the college, and it has same topic with your article. Thanks, great share.
luxury rebel

Its a great pleasure reading

Its a great pleasure reading your post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that "The content of your post is awesome" Great work.
brandstof

I recently found many useful

I recently found many useful information in your website especially this blog page. Among the lots of comments on your articles. Thanks for sharing.
Photovoltaik Großhandel

I wanted to thank you for

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.
check here

Thanks for sharing the info,

Thanks for sharing the info, keep up the good work going.... I really enjoyed exploring your site. good resource...
check here

Great tips and very easy to

Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my blog. https://archive.org/details/HowToPreventGrayHair

I have recently started a

I have recently started a blog, the info you provide on this site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. http://www.dimiwise.gr/2013/12/epilipsia.html

This is a great post. I like

This is a great post. I like this topic.This site has lots of advantage.I found many interesting things from this site. It helps me in many ways.Thanks for posting this again.
free megashare downloads

Yes i am totally agreed with

Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!!
www.rebelmouse.com/reviewsgrowtaller4idiots/

I am very happy to discover

I am very happy to discover your post as it will become on top in my collection of favorite blogs to visit.
technology for advanced coatings

I found your this post while

I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information.
iphone news blog

This is very educational

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post!
Diner transportable aarhus

Interesting and amazing how

Interesting and amazing how your post is! It Is Useful and helpful for me That I like it very much, and I am looking forward to Hearing from your next..
buy facebook likes country targeted

Awesome and interesting

Awesome and interesting article. Great things you’ve always shared with us. Thanks. Just continue composing this kind of post.. https://archive.org/details/PregnancyMiracleBookByLisaOlson_2014

A very awesome blog post. We

A very awesome blog post. We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. http://whatmensecretlywantbookbauer.blogspot.gr/

That is really nice to hear.

That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.
https://www.rebelmouse.com/

That is really nice to hear.

That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.
rebelmouse program walkthrough

I find your article very

I find your article very cognitive and meaningful. Thanks for sharing this information homepage

Yes i am totally agreed with

Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!!
http://www.theofficialwebsite.co/christian-h-girlfriend-activation-system-review/

This is such a great resource

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blog that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.
bet9d.com

Yes i am totally agreed with

Yes i am totally agreed with this article and i just want say that this article is very nice and very informative article.I will make sure to be reading your blog more. You made a good point but I can't help but wonder, what about the other side? !!!!!!THANKS!!!!!!
bitcoin hosting

Great Information sharing ..

Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post.
http://idiscountseo.com.au

I am hoping the same best

I am hoping the same best effort from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing skills has inspired me.
https://www.rebelmouse.com/troublespottrainingreviews/

Thanks for sharing this

Thanks for sharing this quality information with us. I really enjoyed reading. Will surely going to share this URL with my friends.
john barban programs: http://www.rebelmouse.com/thevenusfactorreview/

I must say that overall I am

I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog. https://archive.org/details/PregnancyMiracleBookLisaOlson

I would like to thank you for

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. Thanks... delacre.be

Great blog! I really love how

Great blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the information are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which really should do the trick! Have a nice day! Iowa

SawPalmetto

Not only that, I was physically deteriorating. These are much better than the novels that include the recipes. Secondly, the Cruzer 6 is powered by a rechargable battery (recharged on a stand) whereas my older one was powered by AC or a rechargable battery. I have been using them for about 8 years now. SawPalmetto Steve Jobs set a high standard, consumer electronics should work, period. Wipe drive, save OS : PASS/FAIL in Windows 7 - I had to try this three times before it worked. As human necks do not seem to be a straight level surface, I have a tendency to go over certain spots just under my chin and curve on my face quite a few times to get an even shave- where it is just impossible to shave some of the low lying to the skin hairs. Second is through software. That Jason Bourne is hard to catch! These are 3 of my favorite newer movies, lots of action and excitement. Quick delivery, well packaged, followed instructions, no smell, quick boiling.

Great blog! I really love how

Great blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the information are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which really should do the trick! Have a nice day! -sutton white rock
whiterockhomevalue.ca

You have a right to privacy.

You have a right to privacy. Teachers and other school officials do not have the right to disclose your pregnancy to anyone without your permission lion air

You have a right to privacy.

You have a right to privacy. Teachers and other school officials do not have the right to disclose your pregnancy to anyone without your permission. Dead Piff Articles

Post new comment