Text: H.R.4176 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)

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112th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4176


To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to clarify that the value of certain funeral and burial arrangements are not to be considered available resources under the supplemental security income program.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 8, 2012

Mr. Southerland introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to clarify that the value of certain funeral and burial arrangements are not to be considered available resources under the supplemental security income program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Certain funeral and burial arrangements not considered resources.

(a) In general.—Section 1613(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1382b(d)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)(B), by inserting “, including a trust or arrangement described in paragraph (5)” after “irrevocable arrangement”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(5) If—

“(A) an individual or the individual’s spouse enters into an irrevocable contract with a provider of funeral goods and services for a funeral; and

“(B) the individual or the individual’s spouse funds the contract by—

“(i) prepaying for the goods and services and the funeral provider places the funds in a trust;

“(ii) establishing an irrevocable trust fully funding the goods and services and the funeral provider is the named beneficiary of the trust; or

“(iii) purchasing a life insurance policy that provides benefits to pay for the goods and services and irrevocably assigning such benefits to—

“(I) the funeral provider; or

“(II) an irrevocable trust fully funding the goods and services and the funeral provider is the named beneficiary of the trust,

then the irrevocable contract and the funding arrangement for the irrevocable contract shall not be considered a resource available to the individual or the individual's spouse.”.

(b) Conforming amendment.—Section 1613(e)(3)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382b(e)(3)(B)) is amended by striking “In the case of an irrevocable trust established by an individual, if there are any circumstances under which payment from the trust” and inserting “Except as provided in subsection (d)(5)(B)(ii), if there are any circumstances under which payment from an irrevocable trust established by an individual”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to payments for supplemental security income benefits under title XVI of the Social Security Act for months beginning on or after the date of enactment of this Act.