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S. 588: Income Verification Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 588

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 27, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To require State agencies to use Federal tax return information to verify income eligibility for Medicaid, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Income Verification Act.

2.

Verification of TANF income eligibility

(a)

Requirement

Section 408(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 608(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(13)

Verification of income using Federal tax return information

A State to which a grant is made under section 403 shall use return information disclosed to the State agency responsible for administering the State program funded under this part in accordance with section 6103(l)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to verify the determination of an individual's or family's income for purposes of determining the individual's or family's eligibility for, and amount of, assistance under the State program funded under this part.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by this section shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

3.

Verification of Medicaid income eligibility

(a)

In general

Section 1902(e)(14) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(e)(14)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(L)

Verification of income using Federal tax return information

A State shall use return information disclosed to the State agency responsible for administering the State plan under this title in accordance with section 6103(l)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code to verify a determination of income eligibility for any individual—

(i)

whose eligibility for medical assistance is determined based on the application of modified adjusted gross income under subparagraph (A);

(ii)

who is described in subclause (II), (IV), or (V) of subparagraph (D)(i); or

(iii)

to whom clause (ii), (iii), or (iv) of subparagraph (D) applies.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by this section shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

4.

Verification of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility

(a)

In general

Section 11(e) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2020(e)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (25)(B)(ii), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in paragraph (26)(C)(ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(27)

that in determining the eligibility of an applicant household under paragraph (3), the State agency shall verify the income of the household using return information for that household disclosed to the State agency under section 6103(l)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.