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H.R. 2779 (114th): To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the 7-year restriction on eligibility for widow’s and widower’s insurance benefits based on disability.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 15, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2779

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 15, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the 7-year restriction on eligibility for widow’s and widower’s insurance benefits based on disability.

1.

Repeal of 7-Year restriction on eligibility for widow’s and widower’s insurance benefits based on disability

(a)

Widow’s insurance benefits

(1)

In general

Section 202(e) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(e)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(B)(ii), by striking which began before the end of the period specified in paragraph (4);

(B)

in paragraph (1)(F)(ii), by striking (I) in the period specified in paragraph (4) and (II);

(C)

by striking paragraph (4) and by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (8) as paragraphs (4) through (7), respectively; and

(D)

in paragraph (4)(A)(ii) (as redesignated), by striking whichever and all that follows through begins and inserting the first day of the seventeenth month before the month in which her application is filed.

(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

Section 202(e)(1)(F)(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(e)(1)(F)(i)) is amended by striking paragraph (5) and inserting paragraph (4).

(B)

Section 202(e)(1)(C)(ii)(III) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(e)(2)(C)(ii)(III)) is amended by striking paragraph (8) and inserting paragraph (6).

(C)

Section 226(e)(1)(A)(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 426(e)(1)(A)(i)) is amended by striking 202(e)(4),.

(b)

Widower’s insurance benefits

(1)

In general

Section 202(f) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(f)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(B)(ii), by striking which began before the end of the period specified in paragraph (4);

(B)

in paragraph (1)(F)(ii), by striking (I) in the period specified in paragraph (4) and (II);

(C)

by striking paragraph (4) and by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (8) as paragraphs (4) through (7), respectively; and

(D)

in paragraph (4)(A)(ii) (as redesignated), by striking whichever and all that follows through begins and inserting the first day of the seventeenth month before the month in which his application is filed.

(2)

Conforming amendments

(A)

Section 202(f)(1)(F)(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(f)(1)(F)(i)) is amended by striking paragraph (5) and inserting paragraph (4).

(B)

Section 202(f)(1)(C)(ii)(III) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(f)(2)(C)(ii)(III)) is amended by striking paragraph (8) and inserting paragraph (6).

(C)

Section 226(e)(1)(A)(i) of such Act (as amended by subsection (a)(2)) is further amended by striking 202(f)(1)(B)(ii), and 202(f)(4) and inserting and 202(f)(1)(B)(ii).

(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to benefits for months after December 2015 for which applications are filed or pending on or after January 1, 2016.