In a nutshell: This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill (HR 2792) that would suspend eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for certain beneficiaries classified as “fugitive felons.”
Current law already requires suspension of SSI eligibility when a beneficiary is convicted of a felony or is incarcerated for a felony offense. This bill would further suspend benefits for outstanding warrants and for any allegation of a felony offense or a probation or parole violation – regardless of how old it is.
The bill offers no exception for past minor infractions or inactive cases that law enforcement agencies are no longer pursuing. It would even apply to a missed court appearance from years ago.
HR 2792 will deprive thousands of people of the SSI benefits they depend on. In many states, the loss of SSI benefits will also result in people with mental illness losing their eligibility for Medicaid and thus their access to treatment.
This bill is attached to HR 2824, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. MIECHV is an important and beneficial program – but it should not be funded by cutting SSI benefits for people with serious mental illness.
In 5 minutes you can: Call Adam Kinzinger TODAY! Tell him to oppose HR 2792.