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Social Security reviewing disability payments

Qualify for disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) s no guarantee that an Ohioan will continue because of redetermination of non-medical qualifications. SSA recently announced that it is undertaking a program to further evaluate its redetermination of Social Security Disability payments to beneficiaries.

According to an audit under taken by the SSA inspector general, the SSA did not perform redeterminations for approximately 1.1 beneficiaries for over 10 years because of budget issues. It is required to perform regular redeterminations to evaluate whether recipients continue to meet non-medical qualifications for Social Security Insurance (SSI), such as recipients' income, their resources and living arrangements with a beneficiary's spouse or parents.

SSA must conduct evaluations each year where these changes are likely. Otherwise, redeterminations must be performed every six years. The inspector general estimated that SSA overpaid over $380 million to 77,000 beneficiaries receiving Supplemental Security Income because of unreported income and resources, among other things.

Based on the inspector general's audit, the SSA Office of Quality Review is planning a similar review of 400 beneficiaries who did not undergo a redetermination in at least 10 years. It is also considering the use of mailed questionnaires to expeditiously evaluate benefit recipients where there was no redetermination in six years. SSA expects to perform 2.9 million redeterminations in this fiscal year.

Auditors claimed that SSI paid $51.4 billion to 8.2 beneficiaries in fiscal year 2017. In that time, SSA completed 2.6 million redeterminations of qualifications.

In addition to representing claimants who are denied Social Security and engaged in an appeal, an attorney can help assure that a recipient's rights are protected during these redeterminations of non-medical qualifications. Lawyers can help claimants meet federal regulations governing eligibility.

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