Legislation by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tills to ensure that people who've received payments from states after being sterilized decades ago are not penalized in qualifying for federal benefits has been signed by President Barack Obama.
Attorneys representing the estates of three people sterilized under North Carolina's former eugenics program say they shouldn't be denied monetary compensation just because the General Assembly required they be alive to qualify.
North Carolina officials say help is on the way for some people sterilized under orders of state officials over several decades, but only a fraction of those who lost the chance to start a family will be compensated.
Nearly 800 people thought to be victims of North Carolina's sterilization program have submitted forms to claim compensation from the state.
The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims says as of July 17, it has received 780 forms from potential eugenics board victims. They had until June 30 to submit a claim to be considered for compensation.
A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state's forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund.