H.R. 4374 (103rd): Social Security Access to Information Act of 1994

103rd Congress, 1993–1994. Text as of May 10, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4374 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4374

To amend the Social Security Act to improve the information made available in social security account statements and to provide for annual distribution of such statements to beneficiaries.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 10, 1994

Mr. PENNY (for himself, Ms. MARGOLIES-MEZVINSKY, Ms. LONG, Ms. LAMBERT, Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. MCMILLAN, Mr. MURTHA, and Mr. BARRETT of Wisconsin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend the Social Security Act to improve the information made available in social security account statements and to provide for annual distribution of such statements to beneficiaries.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Social Security Access to Information Act of 1994’.

SEC. 2. ANNUAL SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT STATEMENTS TO BENEFICIARIES INDICATING TOTAL BENEFITS PAID.

    Section 1143 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b-13) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a)(1), by striking ‘Beginning not later than October 1, 1990, the Secretary’ and inserting ‘The Secretary’;

      (2) in subsection (a)(2)(A), by inserting ‘, expressed in terms of actual dollars and in terms of current dollars’ after ‘request’;

      (3) in subsection (a)(2), by redesignating subparagraphs (B), (C), and (D), as subparagraphs (C), (D), and (E), respectively, and by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new subparagraph:

      ‘(B) the total amount of benefits paid to date to the eligible individual and the total amount of benefits paid to date to all beneficiaries on the basis of the eligible individual’s wages and self-employment income, expressed in terms of actual dollars and in terms of current dollars;’;

      (4) by striking subsection (c)(1) and inserting the following:

    ‘(c)(1) Beginning not later than October 1, 1994, the Secretary shall provide a statement on an annual basis to each eligible individual who has attained at least 60 years of age and for whom a current mailing address can be determined through such methods as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.’; and

      (5) in subsection (c)(2), by striking ‘who is not receiving benefits under title II and’.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to social security account statements provided after September 30, 1994, and before January 1, 2016.