January 01, 2018

ABA House of Delegates Approves Guardianship Safeguards

The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 39 Issue 3.

Last week the ABA passed Resolution 104, which urges Congress and the Social Security Administration to strengthen the safeguards and protections for all individuals receiving benefits via the representative payee program, including, but not limited to, appropriate eligibility determinations, improved monitoring and training of payees, access to accounting for beneficiaries, and the appointment of an interim payee when a payee is removed. The resolution which was introduced by the Commission on Law and Aging, expands the ability of the ABA to comment on the representative payee program. The Commission on Law and Aging looks forward to the opportunity to work on matters pertaining to this program, which affects the income of millions of elderly individuals and people with disabilities.