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  • The Social Security Administration has announced there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment in 2016 for the nearly 65 million Americans drawing Social Security disability, retirement or SSI benefits.¬† This is because there was no inflation between the third quarter of 2014 and 2015 as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage…

    3+ years ago
  • Institute of Health Committee Calls for Validity Tests in Psychological Disability cases

    If you have a psychological disability, the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance can be difficult. Now a committee from the Institute of Medicine is calling for more testing, which could make it even harder. In 2014, the Social Security Administration paid benefits to nearly 11 million disabled workers and their dependents. Of those,…

    4+ years ago

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  • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

    a month+ ago
  • Winter 2018 Newsletter Congress, Once Again, Sets Its Sights On SSA Periodically, Congress will decide to “streamline” or “reform” Social Security, especially disability, in order to “ensure the future of the benefits’: In September that came around again. Hearings were held on September 6, 2017 before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding how eligibility…

    9+ months ago

SOCIAL SECURITY ABANDONS SOME DEBT COLLECTION EFFORTS

As an attorney practicing Social Security law for 34 years I regularly hear from persons who wish to appeal overpayments. These are difficult cases and rarely won. The person with the overpayment must demonstrate they were without fault in generating the overpayment plus and inability to repay. Since Social Security will often accept payments as low as $25 per month this second requirement is particularly difficult to meet.

Especially frustrating are overpayments generated by a parent or guardian when the recipient was a child. Tax refunds for these individuals have been seized in a program begun in 2008. Previously only debts less than 10 years old could be recovered. Since 2008 $55 million has been collected on these old debts. Social Security estimates it is owed $714 million by about 400,000 people.

Now Acting Social Security Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, has announced a suspension of the collection program, pending an internal review. Colvin encouraging persons who believe they have been incorrectly assessed an overpayment to ask for a review.

 

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