On Thursday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill 396-0 that would increase oversight of the Representative Payee Program. The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act (HR 4547) would specifically authorize Protection and Advocacy (P&A) agencies to monitor how representative payees are administering Social Security funds. P&As could also offer legal advocacy to any individual whose representative payee was found to be mishandling the benefits.
The bill is now headed to the Senate. ANCOR will report back on the voting process for HR 4547 as it unfolds.