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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5302


To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide that an individual’s entitlement to any benefit thereunder shall continue through the month of his or her death (without affecting any other person’s entitlement to benefits for that month) and that such individual’s benefit shall be payable for such month only to the extent proportionate to the number of days in such month preceding the date of such individual’s death.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 15, 2018

Mr. DeFazio (for himself, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cohen, Mr. McNerney, Ms. Norton, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, and Mr. Nadler) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide that an individual’s entitlement to any benefit thereunder shall continue through the month of his or her death (without affecting any other person’s entitlement to benefits for that month) and that such individual’s benefit shall be payable for such month only to the extent proportionate to the number of days in such month preceding the date of such individual’s death.

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 “Benefit Adjustment of Social Security Income Compensation Act” or the “BASIC Act”.

SEC. 2. Continuation of benefits through month of beneficiary’s death.

(a) Old-Age insurance benefits.—Section 202(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402(a)) is amended by striking “the month preceding” in the matter following subparagraph (B).

(b) Wife’s insurance benefits.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 202(b)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(b)(1)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and ending with the month” in the matter immediately following clause (ii) and inserting “and ending with the month in which she dies or (if earlier) with the month”;

(B) by striking subparagraph (E); and

(C) by redesignating subparagraphs (F) through (K) as subparagraphs (E) through (J), respectively.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 202(b)(4)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(b)(4)(B)) is amended by striking “(E), (F), (H), or (J)” and inserting “(E), (G), or (I)”.

(c) Husband’s insurance benefits.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 202(c)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(c)(1)) is amended—

(A) by striking “and ending with the month” in the matter immediately following clause (ii) and inserting “and ending with the month in which he dies or (if earlier) with the month”;

(B) by striking subparagraph (E); and

(C) by redesignating subparagraphs (F) through (K) as subparagraphs (E) through (J), respectively.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 202(c)(4)(B) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(c)(4)(B)) is amended by striking “(E), (F), (H), or (J)” and inserting “(E), (G), or (I)”.

(d) Child’s insurance benefits.—Section 202(d)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(d)(1)) is amended—

(1) by striking “and ending with the month” in the matter immediately preceding subparagraph (D) and inserting “and ending with the month in which such child dies or (if earlier) with the month”; and

(2) by striking “dies, or” in subparagraph (D).

(e) Widow’s insurance benefits.—Section 202(e)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(e)(1)) is amended by striking “ending with the month preceding the first month in which any of the following occurs: she remarries, dies, becomes entitled” in the matter following subparagraph (F) and inserting “ending with the month in which she dies or (if earlier) the month preceding the earliest of the first month in which she remarries, the month in which she becomes entitled”.

(f) Widower’s insurance benefits.—Section 202(f)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(f)(1)) is amended by striking “ending with the month preceding the first month in which any of the following occurs: he remarries, dies, or becomes entitled” in the matter following subparagraph (F) and inserting “ending with the month in which he dies or (if earlier) the month preceding the earliest of the first month in which he remarries, the month in which he becomes entitled”.

(g) Mother’s and father’s insurance benefits.—Section 202(g)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(g)(1)) is amended—

(1) by inserting “the month in which he or she dies or (if earlier)” after “and ending with” in the matter following subparagraph (F); and

(2) by striking “he or she remarries, or he or she dies” and inserting “or he or she remarries”.

(h) Parent’s insurance benefits.—Section 202(h)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(h)(1)) is amended by striking “ending with the month preceding the first month in which any of the following occurs: such parent dies, marries,” in the matter following subparagraph (E) and inserting “ending with the month in which such parent dies or (if earlier) the month preceding the first month in which such parent marries”.

(i) Disability insurance benefits.—Section 223(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 423(a)(1)) is amended by striking “ending with the month preceding whichever of the following months is the earliest: the month in which he dies,” in the matter following subparagraph (D) and inserting the following: “ending with the month in which he dies or (if earlier) with the month preceding the earlier of” and by striking the comma after “216(l))”.

(j) Benefits at age 72 for certain uninsured individuals.—Section 228(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 428(a)) is amended by striking “the month preceding” in the matter following paragraph (4).

SEC. 3. Computation and payment of last monthly payment.

(a) Old-Age and survivors insurance benefits.—Section 202 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(aa) Last payment of monthly insurance benefit terminated by death.— (1) The amount of any individual’s monthly insurance benefit under this section paid for the month in which the individual dies shall be an amount equal to—

“(A) the amount of such benefit (as determined without regard to this subsection), multiplied by

“(B) a fraction—

“(i) the numerator of which is the number of days in such month preceding the date of such individual’s death, and

“(ii) the denominator of which is the number of days in such month,

rounded, if not a multiple of $1, to the next lower multiple of $1. This subsection shall apply with respect to such benefit after all other adjustments with respect to such benefit provided by this title have been made. Payment of such benefit for such month shall be made as provided in section 204(d).

“(2) Any monthly insurance benefit under this section for the month in which the individual entitled to such benefit dies shall be paid to the estate of the individual unless the individual has named another individual as the payee for such payment.”.

(b) Disability insurance benefits.—Section 223 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 423) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(k) Last payment of benefit terminated by death.— (1) The amount of any individual’s monthly benefit under this section paid for the month in which the individual dies shall be an amount equal to—

“(A) the amount of such benefit (as determined without regard to this subsection), multiplied by

“(B) a fraction—

“(i) the numerator of which is the number of days in such month preceding the date of such individual’s death, and

“(ii) the denominator of which is the number of days in such month,

rounded, if not a multiple of $1, to the next lower multiple of $1. This subsection shall apply with respect to such benefit after all other adjustments with respect to such benefit provided by this title have been made. Payment of such benefit for such month shall be made as provided in section 204(d).

“(2) Any monthly insurance benefit under this section for the month in which the individual entitled to such benefit dies shall be paid to the estate of the individual unless the individual has named another individual as the payee for such payment.”.

(c) Benefits at age 72 for certain uninsured individuals.—Section 228 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 428) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(i) Last payment of benefit terminated by death.— (1) The amount of any individual’s monthly benefit under this section paid for the month in which the individual dies shall be an amount equal to—

“(A) the amount of such benefit (as determined without regard to this subsection), multiplied by

“(B) a fraction—

“(i) the numerator of which is the number of days in such month preceding the date of such individual’s death, and

“(ii) the denominator of which is the number of days in such month,

rounded, if not a multiple of $1, to the next lower multiple of $1. This subsection shall apply with respect to such benefit after all other adjustments with respect to such benefit provided by this title have been made. Payment of such benefit for such month shall be made as provided in section 204(d).

“(2) Any monthly insurance benefit under this section for the month in which the individual entitled to such benefit dies shall be paid to the estate of the individual unless the individual has named another individual as the payee for such payment.”.

SEC. 4. Modification of computation of lump-sum death payments.

The first sentence of section 202(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 402(i)) is amended by striking “three times” and all that follows through “smaller” and inserting “50 percent of such individual’s primary insurance amount, or an amount equal to $255, whichever is greater”.

SEC. 5. Disregard of benefit for month of death under family maximum provisions.

Section 203(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 403(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(11) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, in applying the preceding provisions of this subsection (and determining maximum family benefits under column V of the table in or deemed to be in section 215(a) as in effect in December 1978) with respect to the month in which the insured individual’s death occurs, the benefit payable to such individual for that month shall be disregarded.”.

SEC. 6. Effective date.

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to deaths occurring in the first month beginning more than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.