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N LIJ Ask Senator Hansen QUESTION: I retired from the r ~ 'aJla-oad effective January 3 after 32 years of service, and filed for ray retirement benefits on Jan- uary 6. I haven't received a sin- gle benefit check, or even an ex- planation o~ the delay. Mean- while, we have had to draw out o~ our savings to pay day-to-day living expenses. From conver- sations with other ,railroaders, I know I'm not the only one in this siJ:uation. Wba,t in the world is going on ? ROCK SPRINGS ANSWER: As you know, Con- gross enacted legislation late last year which made many siguifi- cant changes in the RaiLroad Re- tu'ement Act. These changes benefit railroaders and their de- pendents, but they have also greatly increase~ the workload of the Railroad Retirement Board, and the agency is swamped. The Board has to revise most of their procedures to conform with the changes in the law, revise their Computer programs and claims manuals, retrain their.employees, and recalcula,te benefits for mil- lions of retired employees and dependents. They are running behind, and that is the reason for the delays in benefits. The Board has hired additional employees and they are working overtime to get their system in shape to ef- ficiently administer the new pro- visions. But, the Board won't have all the revamping done be- fore August 1 of this year. In the meanwhile, delays (vill occur and some benefit payments are being based on the old formula. In these instances, catch-up pay- rnents will be sent as soon as the Board's system is converted. I have been attempting to help in- dividual applicants on a person- al l~asis when benefits are delay- ~, and would be pleased to hear torn anyone wishing assistance in contacts with the Board. When You write, be sure to include your 8Ocial Security number, your full ~me and address, and the details of your situation, such as date of retirement, date of filing for benefits, etc. More On Food Stamp Program: . A previous cohlmn featt~red an mqui:ry abo~t an adverfisment ~hic.h appeared recently in many Unday newspapers across the country. The ad pointed out that fatuities with incomes of as much ~o$16,000 annually could qualify r food stamps, and offered, for a fee, a booklet explainirrg tow to Obtain the stamps. Since then, I have received ~aosnY inquiries about the ad. t who have writen expressed outrage that the Food Stamp Pro- grara is available :to people with Substantial income and assets. ~oOn June 23, t.be National Food p Reform Act of 1975 was in- uced simultaneously in the Senate and the House of Repres- entatives. I am a sponsor of this 41-poin,t bill to totally revamp the national food stamp program. The major objectives of this re- form legislation a,re: (1) to increase assistance to the truly poor and the elderly; (2) to deny food stamps to those with income and assets sufficient to enable them to purchase a nutri- tious diet; and (3) to save tax- payers' money by reducing the cost of the program by $2 billion annually. Here is why this program must be revised: Sin~e 1965, when the Food Stamp Program was begun, the number of recipients has increas- ed by 4,227 per cent - from 442,- 359 persons, to 19,142,359 persons this year. In 1965, the cost of the program to the taxpayers was $36,353,797. This year, the cost will be almost $5,200,000,000 an increase of 14,203per cent. Today, because of the genero~ provisions of this progrmn, one out of every four Americans is eligible for food. stamps at least one month out of the year. In July of last year, 57 percent of those eligible for food stamps had in- comes above the poverty line. There is no income limit to qual- ify for food stamps, and consequ- ently, persons with substanitial in- come can qualify by virtue of a series of deductions and because valuable assets are not counted as resources. Ownership of an expensive home actually helps pople qualify since house pay- ments in excess of 30 percent of the ap,plicam's adjusted net in- come are deducted from that in- come for purposes of eligibility. Sending a child te private school helps in qualifying, since this cost also is deducted when determin- ing income. The food, stamp program has gotten completely out of control, providing benefits at the expense of the taxpayer te non-needy per- sons, while failing to assist the truly needy -- the elderly, in particular. The Food Stamp Reform Act of 1975 will base eligibility on gross, r~ther than net, income; prohibit eligibility for anyone whose gross income exceeds the official pover- ty index; reduce food stamp costs. for the elderly; require work registration for unemployed re- cipients; prohibt eligibiliW where there is voluntary termination of employment; require recipients to use photo-identification cards to prevent stamp theft and fraud; require monthly income reporting by recipients; eliminate eligibility THE SUNDANCE TIMES Sundance, Wyo. June 26, 1975 for college students; and transfer the program from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Further informatmn on this legis- lation is available on request. Sales- Service Rentals Automatic Soft Water Iron Removal Taste & Odor Removal .................................. 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