Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 670) as part of a small legislative package to improve Medicaid!
The package also includes Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services for mothers of newborns and limiting the use of federal Medicaid funds to cosmetic drugs except when medically necessary.
Now, we must work together to get the package approved by the House and Senate for the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act to become law.
The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act lets individuals with disabilities, who have the capacity, to create their own special needs trusts.
Special needs trusts allow persons with disabilities to supplement daily living expenses when government benefits alone are insufficient and protects them against the risk of impoverishment.
But under the current law, only a parent, grandparent, legal guardian of the individual, or a court can establish a special needs trust.
Empower persons with disabilities with responsibility for their own life decisions.