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H.R. 1180 (ih) To amend the Social Security Act to expand the availability of health [Introduced in House] ...
H.R.1180 One Hundred Sixth Congress of the United States of America AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine An Act To amend the Social Security Act to expand the availability of health care coverage for working individuals with disabilities, to establish a Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program in the Social Security Administration to provide such individuals with meaningful opportunities to work, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings and purposes. TITLE I--TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND RELATED PROVISIONS Subtitle A--Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Sec. 101. Establishment of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. Subtitle B--Elimination of Work Disincentives Sec. 111. Work activity standard as a basis for review of an individual's disabled status. Sec. 112. Expedited reinstatement of disability benefits. Subtitle C--Work Incentives Planning, Assistance, and Outreach Sec. 121. Work incentives outreach program. Sec. 122. State grants for work incentives assistance to disabled beneficiaries. TITLE II--EXPANDED AVAILABILITY OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES Sec. 201. Expanding State options under the medicaid program for workers with disabilities. Sec. 202. Extending medicare coverage for OASDI disability benefit recipients. Sec. 203. Grants to develop and establish State infrastructures to support working individuals with disabilities. Sec. 204. Demonstration of coverage under the medicaid program of workers with potentially severe disabilities. Sec. 205. Election by disabled beneficiaries to suspend medigap insurance when covered under a group health plan. TITLE III--DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS AND STUDIES Sec. 301. Extension of disability insurance program demonstration project authority. Sec. 302. Demonstration projects providing for reductions in disability insurance benefits based on earnings. Sec. 303. Studies and reports. TITLE IV--MISCELLANEOUS AND TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS Sec. 401. Technical amendments relating to drug addicts and alcoholics. Sec. 402. Treatment of prisoners. Sec. 403. Revocation by members of the clergy of exemption from social security coverage. Sec. 404. Additional technical amendment relating to cooperative research or demonstration projects under titles II and XVI. Sec. 405. Authorization for State to permit annual wage reports. Sec. 406. Assessment on attorneys who receive their fees via the Social Security Administration. Sec. 407. Extension of authority of State medicaid fraud control units. Sec. 408. Climate database modernization. Sec. 409. Special allowance adjustment for student loans. Sec. 410. Schedule for payments under SSI state supplementation agreements. Sec. 411. Bonus commodities. Sec. 412. Simplification of definition of foster child under EIC. Sec. 413. Delay of effective date of organ procurement and transplantation network final rule. TITLE V--TAX RELIEF EXTENSION ACT OF 1999 Sec. 500. Short title of title. Subtitle A--Extensions Sec. 501. Allowance of nonrefundable personal credits against regular and minimum tax liability. Sec. 502. Research credit. Sec. 503. Subpart F exemption for active financing income. Sec. 504. Taxable income limit on percentage depletion for marginal production. Sec. 505. Work opportunity credit and welfare-to-work credit. Sec. 506. Employer-provided educational assistance. Sec. 507. Extension and modification of credit for producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Sec. 508. Extension of duty-free treatment under Generalized System of Preferences. Sec. 509. Extension of credit for holders of qualified zone academy bonds. Sec. 510. Extension of first-time homebuyer credit for District of Columbia. Sec. 511. Extension of expensing of environmental remediation costs. Sec. 512. Temporary increase in amount of rum excise tax covered over to Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Subtitle B--Other Time-Sensitive Provisions Sec. 521. Advance pricing agreements treated as confidential taxpayer information. Sec. 522. Authority to postpone certain tax-related deadlines by reason of Y2K failures. Sec. 523. Inclusion of certain vaccines against streptococcus pneumoniae to list of taxable vaccines. Sec. 524. Delay in effective date of requirement for approved diesel or kerosene terminals. Sec. 525. Production flexibility contract payments. Subtitle C--Revenue Offsets Part I--General Provisions Sec. 531. Modification of estimated tax safe harbor. Sec. 532. Clarification of tax treatment of income and loss on derivatives. Sec. 533. Expansion of reporting of cancellation of indebtedness income. Sec. 534. Limitation on conversion of character of income from constructive ownership transactions. Sec. 535. Treatment of excess pension assets used for retiree health benefits. Sec. 536. Modification of installment method and repeal of installment method for accrual method taxpayers. Sec. 537. Denial of charitable contribution deduction for transfers associated with split-dollar insurance arrangements. Sec. 538. Distributions by a partnership to a corporate partner of stock in another corporation. Part II--Provisions Relating to Real Estate Investment Trusts SUBPART A--TREATMENT OF INCOME AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY TAXABLE REIT SUBSIDIARIES Sec. 541. Modifications to asset diversification test. Sec. 542. Treatment of income and services provided by taxable REIT subsidiaries. Sec. 543. Taxable REIT subsidiary. Sec. 544. Limitation on earnings stripping. Sec. 545. 100 percent tax on improperly allocated amounts. Sec. 546. Effective date. Sec. 547. Study relating to taxable REIT subsidiaries. SUBPART B--HEALTH CARE REITS Sec. 551. Health care REITs. SUBPART C--CONFORMITY WITH REGULATED INVESTMENT COMPANY RULES Sec. 556. Conformity with regulated investment company rules. SUBPART D--CLARIFICATION OF EXCEPTION FROM IMPERMISSIBLE TENANT SERVICE INCOME Sec. 561. Clarification of exception for independent operators. SUBPART E--MODIFICATION OF EARNINGS AND PROFITS RULES Sec. 566. Modification of earnings and profits rules. SUBPART F--MODIFICATION OF ESTIMATED TAX RULES Sec. 571. Modification of estimated tax rules for closely held real estate investment trusts. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--The Congress makes the following findings: (1) It is the policy of the United States to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities to lead productive work lives. (2) Health care is important to all Americans. (3) Health care is particularly important to individuals with disabilities and special health care needs who often cannot afford the insurance available to them through the private market, are uninsurable by the plans available in the private sector, and are at great risk of incurring very high and economically devastating health care costs. (4) Americans with significant disabilities often are unable to obtain health care insurance that provides coverage of the services and supports that enable them to live independently and enter or rejoin the workforce. Personal assistance services (such as attendant services, personal assistance with transportation to and from work, reader services, job coaches, and related assistance) remove many of the barriers between significant disability and work. Coverage for such services, as well as for prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, and basic health care are powerful and proven tools for individuals with significant disabilities to obtain and retain employment. (5) For individuals with disabilities, the fear of losing health care and related services is one of the greatest barriers keeping the individuals from maximizing their employment, earning potential, and independence. (6) Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries risk losing medicare or medicaid coverage that is linked to their cash benefits, a risk that is an equal, or greater, work disincentive than the loss of cash benefits associated with working. (7) Individuals with disabilities have greater opportunities for employment than ever before, aided by important public policy initiatives such as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.), advancements in public understanding of disability, and innovations in assistive technology, medical treatment, and rehabilitation. (8) Despite such historic opportunities and the desire of millions of disability recipients to work and support themselves, fewer than one-half of one percent of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries leave the disability rolls and return to work. (9) In addition to the fear of loss of health care coverage, beneficiaries cite financial disincentives to work and earn income and lack of adequate employment training and placement services as barriers to employment. (10) Eliminating such barriers to work by creating financial incentives to work and by providing individuals with disabilities real choice in obtaining the services and technology they need to find, enter, and maintain employment can greatly improve their short and long-term financial independence and personal well-being. (11) In addition to the enormous advantages such changes promise for individuals with disabilities, redesigning government programs to help individuals with disabilities return to work may result in significant savings and extend the life of the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund. (12) If only an additional one-half of one percent of the current Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income recipients were to cease receiving benefits as a result of employment, the savings to the Social Security Trust Funds and to the Treasury in cash assistance would total $3,500,000,000 over the worklife of such individuals, far exceeding the cost of providing incentives and services needed to assist them in entering work and achieving financial independence to the best of their abilities. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are as follows: (1) To provide health care and employment preparation and placement services to individuals with disabilities that will enable those individuals to reduce their dependency on cash benefit programs. (2) To encourage States to adopt the option of allowing individuals with disabilities to purchase medicaid coverage that is necessary to enable such individuals to maintain employment. (3) To provide individuals with disabilities the option of maintaining medicare coverage while working. (4) To establish a return to work ticket program that will allow individuals with disabilities to seek the services necessary to obtain and retain employment and reduce their dependency on cash benefit programs. TITLE I--TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND RELATED PROVISIONS Subtitle A--Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency SEC. 101. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TICKET TO WORK AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM. (a) In General.--Part A of title XI of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``the ticket to work and self-sufficiency program ``Sec. 1148. (a) In General.--The Commissioner shall establish a Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program, under which a disabled beneficiary may use a ticket to work and self-sufficiency issued by the Commissioner in accordance with this section to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services from an employment network which is of the beneficiary's choice and
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