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Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services v. Guardianship of Keffeler

Docket No.: 01-1420
Certiorari Granted: May 28 2002
Argued: December 3, 2002
Decided: February 25, 2003

Topics:

Social Security, as amended, including Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act, but excluding Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Civil Rights, Abortion, EPA, Fifth Amendment, First Amendment, Hobbs Act, Natural Resources, RICO, Sherman Act, Social Security Act, Supplemental Security Income, antitrust, judicial review, preliminary injunction

PartyNames: et al. v. Guardianship Estate of Danny Keffeler, et al.
Petitioner: et al.
Respondent: Guardianship Estate of Danny Keffeler, et al.

Court Below: Supreme Court of Washington
Citation: Washington Supreme Court, 32 P.3d 267. QUESTION PRESENTED 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 40SG) and 1383(a) au thorize the Commissioner of Social Security to appoint a representative payee to receive benefits on behalf of a beneficiary, andsocial security regulations provide that the payee may use the benefits to pay for
Supreme Court Docket

et al.
v.
Guardianship Estate of Danny Keffeler, et al.
537 U.S. 371 (2003)
Question:

Does the State of Washington's use of foster childrens' Social Security benefits to reimburse itself for some of its expenditures violate the provision of the Social Security Act that protects benefits from "execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process?"

Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services v. Guardianship of Keffeler
ORAL ARGUMENT

December 3, 2002

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Washington Dept. of Social & Health Services, 0 vote(s) against
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