Final Rule: Elimination of Sanctions for Refusal of Vocational Rehabilitation (68 Fed. Reg. 40119, July 7, 2003)
SSA SUMMARY: We are amending our regulations to remove provisions relating to the imposition of benefit sanctions on account of a beneficiary's refusal of rehabilitation services. We are making these changes to reflect the repeal of sections 222(b) and 1615(c) of the Social Security Act (the Act). Prior to their repeal, these sections of the Act authorized the Commissioner of Social Security to impose sanctions against the benefits of a disabled or blind beneficiary who refused, without good cause, to accept rehabilitation services made available by a State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 repealed these sections of the Act, effective January 1, 2001. We are amending our regulations by removing rules and related provisions that are obsolete as a result of the repeal of these sections of the Act to conform our regulations to the changes in the statute. EFFECTIVE DATE: These rules are effective July 7, 2003. To view a text version of the regulation, click here. A pdf version is attached.
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