Income Support – Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Clears House Committee

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R.670) on July 13. This bill will allow individuals to establish special needs trusts on their own behalf. Due to a technical drafting error when the Medicaid statute was modified in 1993, current law only allows a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a court to establish a Special Needs Trust for an individual. This leads to unnecessary legal expenses for eligible individuals who do not have a guardian or a living parent or grandparent. The Senate approved its version, S.349 in September of 2015.

Income Support – Senate Holds Hearing on Renewing Communities and Providing Opportunities Through Innovative Solutions to Poverty

Last week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Renewing Communities and Providing Opportunities Through Innovative Solutions to Poverty.” Witnesses were Robert Woodson, Founder and President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise; Peter L. Ochs, President of Capital II, Inc.; Ron Haskins, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; and Olivia Golden, Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy. Visit the Committee web site to review testimony and archived video.

Income Support – National Disability Institute to Host Webinar on “Better Money Habits”

On Wednesday, June 8, at 3:00 pm EDT, the National Disability Institute is hosting a webinar titled Exploring Bank of America’s “Better Money Habits”. The webinar will review the resources and information available on BetterMoneyHabits.com, a website developed by Bank of America in partnership with the Khan Academy. Register for the webinar here.

Income Support – House Holds Hearing on Reducing Poverty

Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on “Moving America’s Families Forward: Setting Priorities for Reducing Poverty and Expanding Opportunity”. Witnesses were former Governor John Engler, President of Business Roundtable; Karin VanZant, Executive Director of Life Services at CareSource; Olivia Golden, Executive Director of CLASP; and Tarren Bragdon, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Foundation for Government Accountability. Visit the Committee web site for more information and to review testimony and watch the archived video.

Income Support—House Holds Hearing on Getting Incentives Right: Connecting Low-Income Individuals with Jobs

Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing on “Getting Incentives Right: Connecting Low-Income Individuals with Jobs.” Witnesses were Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce; Kenyatta Brame, Executive Vice President of Cascade Engineering; Christopher King, Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, University of Texas at Austin; Barbara Doucet, Corporate Director of Human Resources at Omni Hotels & Resorts; and Laurie Bouillion Larrea, President of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. Visit the Committee web site for more information and to review testimony and watch the archived video.