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114th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                S. 1387

To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to update eligibility for 
   the supplemental security income program, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                              May 19, 2015

    Mr. Brown (for himself, Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Casey, Mr. 
 Whitehouse, and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was 
          read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to update eligibility for 
   the supplemental security income program, and for other purposes.

    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 ``Supplemental Security Income 
Restoration Act of 2015''.

SEC. 2. UPDATE IN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME 
              PROGRAM.

    (a) Update in General Income Exclusion.--Section 1612(b)(2)(A) of 
the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1382a(b)(2)(A)) is amended by 
striking ``$240'' and inserting ``$1,344 (increased as described in 
section 1617(d) for each calendar year after 2016)''.
    (b) Update in Earned Income Exclusion.--Section 1612(b)(4) of such 
Act (42 U.S.C. 1382a(b)(4)) is amended by striking ``$780'' each place 
it appears and inserting ``$4,368 (increased as described in section 
1617(d) for each calendar year after 2016)''.
    (c) Update in Resource Limit for Individuals and Couples.--Section 
1611(a)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(a)(3)) is amended--
            (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``$2,250'' and all 
        that follows through the end of the subparagraph and inserting 
        ``$15,000 in calendar year 2016, and shall be increased as 
        described in section 1617(d) for each subsequent calendar 
        year.''; and
            (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``$1,500'' and all 
        that follows through the end of the subparagraph and inserting 
        ``$10,000 in calendar year 2016, and shall be increased as 
        described in section 1617(d) for each subsequent calendar 
        year.''.
    (d) Inflation Adjustment.--Section 1617 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 
1382f) is amended--
            (1) in the section heading, by inserting ``; inflation 
        adjustment'' after ``benefits''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(d) In the case of any calendar year after 2016, each of the 
amounts specified in sections 1611(a)(3), 1612(b)(2)(A), and 1612(b)(4) 
shall be increased by multiplying each such amount by the quotient (not 
less than 1) obtained by dividing--
            ``(1) the average of the Consumer Price Index for Urban 
        Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W, as published by the 
        Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor) for the 
        12-month period ending with September of the preceding calendar 
        year, by
            ``(2) such average for the 12-month period ending with 
        September 2015.''.

SEC. 3. SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE FURNISHED IN KIND NOT INCLUDED AS 
              INCOME.

    (a) In General.--Section 1612(a)(2) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 
1382a(a)(2)) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(other than support or maintenance 
        furnished in kind)'' after ``all other income''; and
            (2) in subparagraph (A)--
                    (A) by striking ``or kind'';
                    (B) by striking clause (i) and redesignating 
                clauses (ii) and (iii) as clauses (i) and (ii), 
                respectively; and
                    (C) in clause (ii) (as so redesignated), by 
                striking ``and the provisions of clause (i) shall not 
                be applicable''.
    (b) Conforming Amendments.--
            (1) Section 1611(c) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382(c)) is 
        amended by striking paragraph (6) and redesignating paragraphs 
        (7) through (10) as paragraphs (6) through (9), respectively.
            (2) Section 1612(a)(2) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382a(a)(2)) 
        is amended--
                    (A) in subparagraph (F), by inserting ``and'' at 
                the end;
                    (B) in subparagraph (G), by striking ``; and'' and 
                inserting a period;
                    (C) by moving subparagraph (G) 2 ems to the right; 
                and
                    (D) by striking subparagraph (H).
            (3) Section 1621(c) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382j(c)) is 
        amended to read as follows:
    ``(c) In determining the amount of income of an alien during the 
period of 5 years after such alien's entry into the United States, 
support or maintenance furnished in cash to the alien by such alien's 
sponsor (to the extent that it reflects income or resources which were 
taken into account in determining the amount of income and resources to 
be deemed to the alien under subsection (a) or (b) of this section) 
shall not be considered to be income of such alien under section 
1612(a)(2)(A).''.

SEC. 4. REPEAL OF PENALTY FOR DISPOSAL OF RESOURCES FOR LESS THAN FAIR 
              MARKET VALUE.

    Section 1613(c) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1382b(c)) is amended to read 
as follows:
    ``(c) Notification of Medicaid Policy Restricting Eligibility of 
Institutionalized Individuals for Benefits Based on Disposal of 
Resources for Less Than Fair Market Value.--(1) At the time an 
individual (and the individual's eligible spouse, if any) applies for 
benefits under this title, and at the time the eligibility of an 
individual (and such spouse, if any) for such benefits is redetermined, 
the Commissioner of Social Security shall--
            ``(A) inform such individual of the provisions of section 
        1917(c) providing for a period of ineligibility for benefits 
        under title XIX for individuals who make certain dispositions 
        of resources for less than fair market value, and inform such 
        individual that information obtained pursuant to subparagraph 
        (B) will be made available to the State agency administering a 
        State plan under title XIX (as provided in paragraph (2)); and
            ``(B) obtain from such individual information which may be 
        used by the State agency in determining whether or not a period 
        of ineligibility for such benefits would be required by reason 
        of section 1917(c).
    ``(2) The Commissioner of Social Security shall make the 
information obtained under paragraph (1)(B) available, on request, to 
any State agency administering a State plan approved under title 
XIX.''.

SEC. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date that 
is 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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