Representative Michaelson Jenet and Representative Larson, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1223. The bill creates a program to help individuals with disabilities apply for federal disability benefits. The program is funded through and overseen by the state Department of Human Services (DHS) and administered by county departments of human services. The Disability Benefits Application Assistance Fund is created to pay for the implementation of the program and consists of any appropriations or transfers by the General Assembly, subject to annual appropriation. After receiving input from counties and other relevant stakeholders, the DHS must promulgate rules to establish a funding allocation formula. The formula must take into account the number of participants as well as ensure that the program is available in every region. Finally, the bill requires that the DHS evaluate the program and submit a report to the General Assembly every five years. Representative Michaelson Jenet and Representative Larson responded to questions from committee members. The committee was provided an informational packet (Attachment A).