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  • As regular readers of SS&Y are aware, the Social Security Administration administers 2 trust funds. The Old Age Survivors Insurance (OAS’) fund pays retirement benefits. The Disability Insurance fund (DI) pays disability benefits. When Congress passed and President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act in November of 2015 to reallocate current contributions between the OASI…

    7+ months ago
  • 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…

    2+ years ago

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  • Spring-Summer 2015 Newsletter SSDI Insolvency Looms We’ve known it’s been coming for some time and now it’s on our doorstep. Unless Congress acts the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund (DI Trust Fund) will become insolvent late next year and unable to pay full benefits any longer. Millions of Americans who rely on their disability checks for most, if not all,…

    2+ years ago
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter OBAMACARE UPDATE On October 1st it will have been a year since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act national health insurance program known as Obamacare. The difficulties in the early weeks and months have been well documented. But where are we a year later… Read the Newsletter in PDF format.   Read the Newsletter in PDF…

    2+ years ago

SOCIAL SECURITY ABANDONS SOME DEBT COLLECTION EFFORTS

As a Social Security attorney practicing Social Security law for 34 years in Michigan 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 have the inability to repay. Since Social Security will often accept payments as low as $25 per month from Michigan Social Security recipients this second requirement is particularly difficult to meet. And the added scrutiny can cause Michigan Claimants to lose Social Security disability benefits entirely.

 

Especially frustrating are overpayments generated by a parent or guardian when the recipient was a child. Tax refunds for these Michigan residents 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, many of them Michigan recipients of Social Security benefits, either SSDI or SSI. Many, if not most, of these Michigan residents are disabled and entitled to Social Security disability and/or SSI benefits.

 

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.

 

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

To schedule an appointment call 800-864-1244 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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