One area that particularly vexes trustees of special needs trusts is how to get beneficiaries what they need without running afoul of the strict rules for public benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Monitoring how money is being spent, collecting receipts, and disbursing funds safely are time-consuming processes for trustees. And while some beneficiaries are…

A federal agency has called on the government to end a program that explicitly permits employers to pay hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities less than $1 an hour, calling the practice “rife with abuse and difficult to administer.” The federal minimum wage has stood at $7.25 since 2009, although many states have enacted their…

Social Security disability recipients will see an increase in benefit levels for 2021, although the rise will be the smallest in years due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 13, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that Social Security benefit levels will increase by just 1.3 percent in 2021, compared with 1.6 percent in 2020 and 2.8 percent…

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations covering tax-free savings accounts that allow people with disabilities and their families to save and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other government benefits. Passed by Congress in December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  allows families…

The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners (TSBSWE) moved to change its code of conduct to allow discrimination against Texans based on their disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Texas Behavioral Health Council (BEHC) is meeting on October 27, and we need you to speak out against this discriminatory move. Take action to…

Those who apply for disability benefits and are initially rejected can appeal, and more times than not they end up winning their case.  But a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that due to the years-long backlog of appeals, thousands of applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are dying or going…

For the past two and a half years, the Trump administration has been pushing states to adopt policies requiring certain Medicaid recipients to work in order to maintain eligibility for benefits. At every step along the way, courts have ruled that such requirements are illegal. Now, the administration is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for support. The…

The COVID-19 pandemic poses enormous challenges to group homes for developmentally disabled people. These are neighborhood homes are much smaller than large long-term care facilities, but they still present risks to their special-needs populations and the staff members who support them. And people are dying. Across the United States, COVID-19 had claimed the lives of…

2020 Census starts this March and YOU COUNT! Every 10 years a census is conducted to count every person in the United States. Currently cities around North Texas are working to get the word out and promote “complete counts.” Why is a complete count important? Because, census data helps advocates, community leaders, and elected officials address…

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