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H.R. 1529: MAPSA Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1529

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 5, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Keating) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to provide that the supplemental security income benefits of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities shall not be reduced by reason of marriage.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Marriage Access for People with Special Abilities Act or the MAPSA Act.

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Supplemental security income benefits

(a)

Eligibility for benefits

Section 1611(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(4)

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, each individual who has attained 18 years of age, who is diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability, whose income, other than income excluded pursuant to section 1612(b), is at not more than the rate in effect for purposes of paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection, and whose resources, other than resources excluded pursuant to section 1613(a), are not more than the applicable amount in effect for purposes of paragraph (3)(B) of this subsection, shall be an eligible individual for purposes of this title.

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(b)

Amount of benefit

Section 1611(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection, the benefit under this title for an individual described in subsection (a)(4) of this section, whether or not the individual has an eligible spouse, shall be payable at the rate in effect for purposes of such paragraph (1), reduced by the amount of income, not excluded pursuant to section 1612(b), of the individual.

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(c)

Income and resource deeming rules

Section 1614(f) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382c(f)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(5)

Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, for purposes of determining eligibility for, and the amount of, benefits for an individual described in section 1611(a)(4) who is married, the income and resources of the individual is deemed to not include any income or resources of the spouse.

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