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Ask Representatives to Vote Against SSI Cuts

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill (HR 2792) that would suspend eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for certain beneficiaries classified as "fugitive felons."

This bill would disproportionately harm people with mental illness that currently receive SSI benefits who have previous law enforcement interactions. Current law already requires suspension of SSI eligibility when a beneficiary is convicted of a felony or is incarcerated for a felony offense.

This bill would further suspend benefits for outstanding warrants and for any allegation of a felony offense or a probation or parole violation - regardless of how old it is.

The bill offers no exception for minor infractions in the past or inactive cases that law enforcement agencies are no longer pursuing. It would even apply to a missed court appearance from years ago.

The primary effect of this bill would be to deprive thousands of people of the SSI benefits they depend on. The loss of eligibility for SSI will be especially devastating in the many states where it will result in people with mental illness also losing eligibility for Medicaid and access to treatment.

This bill is attached to HR 2824, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. While NAMI does not oppose the MIECHV program, it should not be funded by cutting SSI benefits for people with serious mental illness.

Tell your Representative TODAY to OPPOSE HR 2792. Locate Your Legislators, here.