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May 28, 2019 | Press Releases

Steube Introduces Valid Benefits Act to Verify Eligibility for Federal Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Greg Steube (R-Fla.) introduced the Valid Benefits Act to require heads of federal agencies and departments to verify eligibility for federal benefits for individuals 105 years of age or older.

“It’s estimated that in 2018 alone, dead people received $1 billion in benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, social security payments, and federal pensions,” explained Congressman Steube on the introduction of the bill. “This bill simply directs federal departments and agencies to verify the eligibility of those seeking benefits who have reached the age of 105.”

“With this bill, heads of federal agencies and departments will be required to verify that those they are giving benefits to are in fact alive. As our national debt rages, it’s important that we do what we can to ensure our tax dollars are being spent in the way they were intended. Guaranteeing the rightful recipient of benefits receives benefits is just one way we can address this problem.”

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform where Congressman Steube is a member.