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.
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Unfinished Business: Designing Appeals Procedures in the Dual-Eligible Demonstrations helps stakeholders focus their advocacy about appeals on areas where a consumer voice can have the most potential to affect programs, by highlighting the many areas where appeal rights and procedures have not yet been fully developed. – December 2014
What’s In A Notice? How Notices Of Action Protect Consumers In Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports provides advocates with the specific information that must be included in each notice of action to meet due process requirements, and outlines how continuation of services and aid-paid-pending plays out in the managed LTSS context. – November 2014
Conflict Free Case Management: Themes in States Implementing New Systems provides background on conflict-free case management and reviews existing regulations and guidance. – October 2014
Action Steps for Consumers and Advocates Regarding the New Home Care Rule: How to Prevent Service Cuts and Protect Consumer-Directed Programs provides steps that consumers and advocates should take in their states to ensure proper implementation of new federal rule. – September 2014
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