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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Celebrates New, Bipartisan Law Protecting Vulnerable Social Security Beneficiaries with Disability Rights CT

May 7, 2018
Press Release
Larson Led the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act

Hartford, CT – Last week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) celebrated the enactment of his bill, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act (HR 4547), into law with Disability Rights Connecticut. Gretchen Knauff, Executive Director of Disability Rights, was an early endorser of the bipartisan bill that Larson introduced earlier this year with Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX). In recognition of the essential work that Disability Rights Connecticut does on behalf of the state’s most vulnerable beneficiaries, Larson presented Disability Rights of Connecticut with a copy of the signed law.

“As the lead Democrat on the Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee, I was proud to join with Chairman Sam Johnson in authoring this important bill to better protect vulnerable beneficiaries and improve oversight of the representative payees that are entrusted with managing their benefits. This is a great example of the lead Democrat and the lead Republican on Social Security working together to ensure that our most vulnerable beneficiaries were being protected, give beneficiaries more say in who gets appointed their rep payee, and lessen some administrative burdens on family members who are caring for loved ones.  I want to thank Gretchen Knauff and the team at Disability Rights Connecticut for all the work that they do, and for their support of this new law,” said Larson.

“Disability Rights Connecticut thanks Congressman Larson for his continued support of people with disabilities through his sponsorship and his unwavering support for this important legislation.  The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act requires critical monitoring of representative payees to ensure they are meeting their fiduciary responsibilities to their beneficiaries.  We look forward to upholding the rights of beneficiaries as Disability Rights Connecticut provides that critical oversight,” said Gretchen Knauff, Executive Director of Disability Rights Connecticut.