The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee is expected to discuss a resolution today that urges Congress to change Social Security eligibility requirements for people with terminal illness.
Current federal law requires people wait five months for benefits as an anti-fraud measure. The problem, advocates say, is that many terminally ill people don’t live long enough to receive the benefits they paid into.
House Joint Resolution 2 is sponsored by Rep. Donald Burkhart, R-Rawlins, and Sen. Larry Hicks, R-Baggs. They introduced it at the urging of Brian Moyer of Rawlins, whose wife, Tina, died last year before receiving benefits.
A similar measure was passed in Michigan, where Brian and Tina previously lived. The goal is to draw attention to the issue.
Brian made a promise to his wife he would fight to change the law for others.
“This is something that is going to wake up Wyoming’s congressional delegates and maybe Sen. Enzi, Sen. Barrasso and Congresswoman Lummis will do what’s right for the working people and employers of Wyoming and the country,” he said.