Sunday, March 30, 2008

I support S2743
having been convinced by Harold Pollack

SEC. 3. TREATMENT OF FINANCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER CERTAIN FEDERAL PROGRAMS. (a) Treatment as a Medicaid Excepted Trust- Paragraph (4) of section 1917(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: `(D) A trust which is a financial security account for an individual with a disability described in section 530A(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.'. (b) Account Funds Disregarded for Purposes of Certain Other Means-Tested Federal Programs- Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal law that requires consideration of 1 or more financial circumstances of an individual, for the purpose of determining eligibility to receive, or the amount of, any assistance or benefit authorized by such provision to be provided to or for the benefit of such individual, any amount (including earnings thereon) in any financial security account for an individual with a disability of such individual, and any distribution for qualified disability expenses (as defined in section 530A(b)(2)) shall be disregarded for such purpose with respect to any period during which such individual maintains, makes contributions to, or receives distributions from such financial security account

In plain English: Families can set aside funds to help a disabled loved one without jeopardizing her access to services she needs, reducing the need for pointless, sometimes dishonest and dangerous shenanigans families are now prone to do.

Please Praise Senators Casey and Hatch who introduced the bill

By Mr. CASEY (for himself and Mr. HATCH):

S. 2743. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the establishment of financial security accounts for the care of family members with disabilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance.

Casey at the bat for the disabled.

Hatch. You have got to be kidding me, I'm praising Senator Orrin Hatch ?!?!

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