Public Benefits, Welfare & Medical Assistance: Losing Benefits Due to Warrants
Due to the settlement of a national class action lawsuit, the SSA should not be suspending benefits based on felony warrants for new cases (with limited exceptions). SSA may still suspend benefits for individuals with parole/probation violation warrants.
- The National Senior Citizens Law Center site contains links to information for individuals affected by the settlement, media briefings, consumer handouts in Spanish and Creole, and other pamphlets.
- You can also visit the Social Security website at http://www.ssa.gov/martinezsettlement/.
- A consumer handout explaining the SSA's plan to repay benefits that were unlawfully withheld as a result of the Martinez settlement. Provided by the National Senior Citizen Law Center.
- Link to application for Social Security benefits.
- Links to Social Security Administration rules regarding suspension of benefits for "fleeing felons" in Social Security cases.
- Link to application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability.
- Links to Social Security Administration rules regarding suspension of benefits for "fleeing felons" in SSI cases.
- Provides information on incarceration and social security benefits, as well as information about applying for benefits pre-release.
- States may not provide the following benefits to people who are fleeing to avoid prosecution in a felony case or are violating a condition of probation or parole: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), public and federally assisted housing, and Food Stamps. These people remain eligible for Medicaid.
Sample Legal Materials
- Example of letter requesting reinstatement of benefits where criminal case has been dismissed.
- Example of a letter requesting reinstatement of benefits despite existence of warrant.
- Getting rid of the underlying warrant is often the best way to ensure a restoration of benefit. This letter requests warrant cancellation.
- Brief argues that individual who does not have the intent to flee cannot be denied benefits.
General Background Information
- Overview of laws and regulations regarding 'fleeing felons,' and information on how to challenge a denial of benefits.
- Information on the Fleeing Felon Provisions from the Winter 2006 MPLP Newsletter.
Food Stamp Terminations
- Sets out position of USDA on food stamp termination where individual has an outstanding warrant.
| Other pages in this section: Applications & Forms - Overview of Public Benefits Lost Due to Criminal Record - Disability & Social Security After Incarceration - Losing Benefits Due to Warrants - Selective Service Registration - Medicaid, Medicare Health Care - Health Care While Incarcerated