Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017

The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 (H.R. 4547),  introduced by Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Ranking Member John B. Larson (D-CT), makes much-needed changes to the representative payee program to strengthen oversight and beneficiary protections, while improving payee selection and quality.

H.R. 4547 Bill Text

H.R. 4547 Press Release

H.R. 4547 Fact Sheet

H.R. 4547 Section by Section

H.R. 4547 Dear Colleague Letter from Chairman Sam Johnson and Ranking Member John Larson

 

Letters of Support 

Letter of Support from AARP

Letter of Support from the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

Letter of Support from the Arizona Center for Disability Law

Letter of Support from the Association of Mature American Citizens

Letter of Support from the Community Legal Aid Society Disabilities Law Program in Delaware

Letter of Support from Disability Law Colorado

Letter of Support from the Disability Law Center Massachusetts

Letter of Support from the Disability Law Center Utah

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Arkansas

Letter of Support from Disability Rights California

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Connecticut

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Florida

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Indiana

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Iowa

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Mississippi

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Nebraska

Letter of Support rom Disability Rights New Hampshire

Letter of Support from Disability Rights New Jersey

Letter of Support from Disability Rights New Mexico

Letter of Support from Disability Rights New York

Letter of Support from Disability Rights North Carolina

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Ohio

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Oregon

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Letter of Support from Disability Rights South Dakota

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Tennessee

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Texas

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Vermont

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Washington

Letter of Support from Disability Rights West Virginia

Letter of Support from Disability Rights Wisconsin

Letter of Support from Equip for Equality Illinois

Letter of Support from the Family Focused Treatment Association

Letter of Support from the Georgia Advocacy Office

Letter of Support from the Kansas Developmental Disabilities Coalition

Letter of Support from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Letter of Support from the National Association of Disability Representatives

Letter of Support from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Letter of Support from the National Council of Social Security Management Associations

Letter of Support from the National Disability Rights Network

Letter of Support from the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Letter of Support from the Oklahoma Disability Law Center

Letter of Support from Protection and Advocacy Service Michigan

Letter of Support from Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., South Carolina

Letter of Support from the following Members of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
  • Autism Society of America
  • Easterseals
  • Justice in Aging
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
  • National Association of Disability Representatives
  • National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Disability Rights Network
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • The Arc of the United States

 

Related Hearings

March 22, 2017: Examining the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program: Who Provides Help (Recap)

February 7, 2017: Examining the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program: Determining Who Needs Help (Recap)

June 5, 2013: How Social Security Protects the Benefits of Those Who Cannot Protect Themselves

 

Link to Minority Website

Larson and Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Social Security’s Representative Payee Program

 

Other Links

Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General: Congress Moves to Strengthen Representative Payee Program