James Moylan co-sponsors SSI benefits measure

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Senator James Moylan (file photo)

U.S. Delegate James Moylan co-sponsors a bill that aims to help US Territories benefit from Supplemental Security Income.

James Moylan joined Puerto Rican Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez Colón in introducing H.R. 256 which would allow U.S. citizens residing in Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands to benefit from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The SSI is a means-tested program that provides cash payments to individuals with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older.

Currently, these U.S. territories have a disadvantage, as the federal statute says that U.S. citizens residing in any of the mentioned territories do not qualify for the benefit as long as they remain living in it.

The measure would eliminate the inequity of the process and help many families residing in Guam and other territories.

Delegate Moylan said “,this team effort would allow Guam to join ranking members such as Congresswoman Gonzales Colón and Radewagen, who are trailblazers in the fight for their respective territories, hence providing more strength in our efforts” adding, “Our team will continue to educate members of the House on the inequity of the SSI, with the intent of securing additional co-sponsors.”

The measure will be referred to a committee for further deliberations.