Davis, Larson, Applaud Critical Social Security Beneficiary Protections Included in Updated Heroes Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT) announced that their Fairness for Seniors and People with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act was included in the updated version of The Heroes Act. The Fairness for Seniors and People with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act protects seniors, surviving spouses, children, and people with severe disabilities from being forced to repay extra Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits they may have received because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The updated Heroes Act provides essential protections for the low income, people with disabilities, and seniors who face immediate, potentially-dangerous cuts to their benefits related to pandemic-related errors by the government. I believe holding these recipients harmless is the only just and humane approach to this looming threat, and I hope the Senate will step up to safeguard these vulnerable beneficiaries from harm,” said Davis.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and through no fault of their own, Social Security and SSI beneficiaries may have received overpayments. Making beneficiaries repay these errors during a pandemic would be cruel. I’m glad this provision was included in the updated Heroes Act and urge swift passage and enactment of this legislation protect beneficiaries,” said Larson.