Public Benefits




SSI Transfer Penalty Rule Causes Concern

If an applicant for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a needs-based federal disability benefit, transfers assets out of her name prior to applying for benefits, she could face a stiff transfer penalty that would delay receipt of often vital services.

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Law Enacted Offering Caregivers Some Relief

Before adjourning, Congress unanimously approved a bill that will provide a measure of relief for the millions of Americans currently providing unpaid care in their homes to those with special needs and the elderly.

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Mental Health Parity Finally Becomes Law

More than ten years after the measure was first proposed, Congress finally passed a law requiring that insurance companies provide enrollees suffering from mental illness with coverage equal to the coverage they would receive for any other type of condition.

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