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Current Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Developments in Congress and the Supreme Court

By Gerald A. McIntyre & Jenny Kaufmann

The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 expanded health care coverage for social security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who want to work but do not want to risk losing health care benefits. For SSI recipients, the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 reinstated the penalty for transferring resources for less than fair market value. Relevant Supreme Court decisions as well as the district court decision in Ford v. Shalala, finding that written notices in the SSI program are inadequate, are reviewed.

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