Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

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Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits Withheld Pending a Windfall Offset Determination

Date: 
Monday, March 21, 2016

The windfall offset provision prevents an individual from receiving monthly Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in excess of the total amount beneficiaries would have been paid had the OASDI benefits been disbursed when they were due rather than retroactively.

Date: 
Mon, 03/21/2016

Higher Retirement Benefits Payable to Families of Disabled Beneficiaries

Date: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Social Security Act provides monthly benefits to retired and/or disabled workers and their families. Disabled beneficiaries may be simultaneously entitled to disability and retirement benefits when they attain age 62. Generally, the higher benefits are payable; however, disabled beneficiaries may elect retirement benefits even when the disability benefits are higher.

Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

Supplemental Security Income Recipients Who Have Earnings

Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients are responsible for reporting any information that may affect their eligibility or payment amount.

Generally, the more income an SSI recipient has, the lower his/her payment will be. Furthermore, an individual who has too much income in a particular month is not eligible for SSI in that month.

Date: 
Wed, 12/23/2015

Accuracy of Disability Benefits to Beneficiaries Who Also Receive Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Payments

Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2015

A Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) payment is a type of workers’ compensation payment administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). When a beneficiary receives both Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and FECA payments, SSA must reduce the DI benefits for the beneficiary and his/her family to ensure the combined DI benefits and FECA amounts do not exceed the higher of 80 percent of the beneficiary’s average current earnings or the total family benefit.

Date: 
Fri, 11/13/2015

Supplemental Security Income Recipients Receiving Payments in Bank Accounts Outside the United States

Date: 
Monday, October 19, 2015

Section 1611(f) of the Social Security Act states that, with limited exceptions, no individual shall be considered eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for any month throughout which the individual is outside the United States.

Date: 
Mon, 10/19/2015

Supplemental Security Income Overpayments Pending a Collection Determination by the Social Security Administration

Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must evaluate recipients’ income and resources each month to determine payment eligibility and amounts. Recipients’ failure to report changes in financial circumstances timely can result in incorrect payments.

Date: 
Tue, 09/22/2015

Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Overpayments Pending Collection

Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An overpayment is the total amount an individual received for any period that exceeded the total amount the individual should have been paid for that period. With a few exceptions, overpaid individuals are responsible for repaying the overpayments. SSA uses different methods to recover overpayments, such as benefit adjustment, the Treasury Offset Program, and Administrative Wage Garnishment.

Date: 
Tue, 09/22/2015

Non-Entitled Debtors Program

Date: 
Friday, August 14, 2015

Non-Entitled Debtors (NED) is a person or entity that owes a debt to SSA but may not be entitled to Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments. Examples include deceased beneficiaries’ representative payees (individual or organizational); persons who owe a court-ordered penalty or restitution; attorneys and non-attorneys who received excess fees; or persons who fraudulently or erroneously obtained benefits.

Date: 
Fri, 08/14/2015

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