H.R.4858 - Native American Elders Assistance Act106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Stupak, Bart [D-MI-1] (Introduced 07/13/2000)|
|Committees:||House - Resources; Agriculture; Banking and Financial Services; Commerce; Education and the Workforce; Veterans' Affairs; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/07/2000 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (07/13/2000)
[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4858 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4858 To provide that the first $5,000 received from the income of an Indian tribe by any member of the tribe who has attained 50 years of age shall be disregarded in determining the eligibility of the member or the member's household for benefits, and the amount or kind of any benefits of the member or household, under various means-tested public assistance programs. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 13, 2000 Mr. Stupak (for himself, Mr. Conyers, Mr. George Miller of California, Ms. Stabenow, Mr. Frost, Mr. Faleomavaega, Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, Mr. Abercrombie, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Baca, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. McDermott, Mr. Martinez, Ms. Lee, Mr. Kind, Mr. Barcia, Mr. Filner, Ms. Carson, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Diaz-Balart, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Udall of Colorado, and Mr. Udall of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Banking and Financial Services, Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Veterans' Affairs, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide that the first $5,000 received from the income of an Indian tribe by any member of the tribe who has attained 50 years of age shall be disregarded in determining the eligibility of the member or the member's household for benefits, and the amount or kind of any benefits of the member or household, under various means-tested public assistance programs. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Native American Elders Assistance Act''. SEC. 2. DISREGARD OF CERTAIN PAYMENTS BY INDIAN TRIBES TO TRIBAL ELDERS UNDER VARIOUS MEANS-TESTED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. (a) In General.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law-- (1) the first $5,000 of income of an Indian tribe (as defined in section 419(4) of the Social Security Act) received in any calendar year by a member of the tribe who has attained 50 years of age shall not be considered income or resources in determining the eligibility of the member or the member's household for any benefit described in subsection (b), or the amount or kind of any such benefit to be provided by reason of the eligibility; and (2) for so long as any portion of the amount is retained by the member, the portion shall continue to be so not considered. (b) Benefits Described.--A benefit is described in this subsection if the benefit is any of the following: (1) Medical assistance under a State plan approved under title XIX of the Social Security Act. (2) Supplemental security income benefits under title XVI of the Social Security Act. (3) Pension under chapter 15 of title 38, United States Code, or section 306 of Public Law 95-588. (4) Agricultural commodities distributed through the commodity supplemental food program under section 4 of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973 (7 U.S.C. 612c note). (5) Occupancy in a public housing dwelling unit assisted under the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.). (6) Rental or homeownership assistance made available under the United States Housing Act of 1937. (7) Occupancy in a rural rental housing project assisted under section 515 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1485). (8) Rural rental assistance under section 521(a)(2) of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1490a) or rural housing voucher assistance under section 542 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1490r). (9) Food, shelter, or supportive services provided with assistance made available under the emergency food and shelter grants program under subtitle B of title III of Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11341 et seq.). (10) Occupancy in a dwelling unit assisted under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.) or other services or activities assisted under such Act. (11) Home energy assistance payments or allowances provided directly to, or indirectly for the benefit of, a household under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 8621 et seq.). (12) Financial assistance for weatherization under part A of title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6861 et seq.). (c) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on the 1st day of the 3rd calendar month that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>