HR 4547 includes two child welfare provisions:
1) Section 103: Protecting Beneficiaries through Information Sharing
The Social Security Administration (SSA) would be required to enter into monthly data exchanges with state foster care programs to identify when a child receiving Social Security benefits has entered or exited foster care or changed foster care placement. The SSA also would be required to re-determine the appropriate representative payee when a change in placement occurs. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office would be required to produce a report on SSA beneficiaries who are minors and in foster care and their representative payees.
2) Section 104: Clarifying Overpayment Liability for Children in Child Welfare System
When a Social Security beneficiary or a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient is overpaid while in foster care, and the state foster care agency is the payee, the beneficiary or recipient would not be liable for the overpayment. Instead, the state foster care agency would be required to repay the SSA for the overpayment it received. This provision would apply to overpayments made on or after the date of enactment, as well as any overpayments that have not been recovered as of the date of enactment.