Congress Considers Bill To End “Marriage Penalty” For Couples With Developmental Disabilities.

January 18, 2020

The AP (1/18, Price) reports on the “marriage penalty” for couples with developmental disabilities. Congress is considering legislation “to protect the federal benefits of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who wish to marry.” The Marriage Access for People With Special Abilities Act “would keep Supplemental Security Income benefits for an individual from being affected by marital status, and ensure access to Medicaid benefits as long as the person qualifies for SSI.” Under current rules, “SSI benefits are reduced when people marry and jointly report income.”

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