In a Policy Issue Brief entitled SSI Transfer Penalty: Harsh Consequences Need Attention, NSCLC calls for repeal of the penalty due to the hardship it causes for Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Pub. L. No. 106-169) increased federal expenditures for foster care. In order to make the legislation revenue neutral, Congress had to seek offsetting cuts elsewhere. One of those cuts was a provision authorizing a transfer penalty in the SSI program. It establishes a period of ineligibility when an individual transfers a resource for less than fair market value while the individual is receiving SSI or during a 36 month look-back period prior to applying for SSI. This policy is based on the unrealistic assumption that people will give away valuable property just for the opportunity to live on a subsistence income amounting, in most cases, to $674 a month. The brief was widely circulated through an Income Alert, Washington Report and with the Social Security Works coalition.
In The News
NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville calls on Congress in his latest Huffington Post blog to act to update the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program to help low-income seniors like Dollie.
NSCLC Directing Attorney Eric Carlson is quoted in a Nov. 19, 2014 article in Governing concerning Medicaid reimbursement for care outside nursing homes.
Dollie, 73, lives solely on income from Supplemental Social Security for all of her living expenses. But the program needs an update. Watch Dollie’s story and then help NSCLC restore this important poverty program.
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