On October 7, 2016, the President signed into law the Treatment of Certain Payments
in Eugenics Compensation Act. This law exempts payments made from States’ eugenics
compensation programs from income or resources when determining eligibility for and
payment for any Federal public benefit.
The law defines a State eugenics compensation program as a program established by
State law to compensate individuals sterilized under the authority of the State. Prior
to 1970, more than 30 States ran eugenics programs. For a current list of states that
have eugenics-related compensation programs, see SI 01130.736 in subsection C.