$1.3 billion in Social Security over payments due to system failure

The Social Security Administration has made an over payment of $1.3 billion to disability recipients in a span of two years, according to a recent audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). CNN Money reported on the over payments in late October.

According to CNN’s report, many former disability beneficiaries were getting paid for several months up to years after they had already notified the agency that they no longer qualified to receive benefits. Cheryl Bates-Harris from the National Disability Rights Network said there are serious lapses in the system, but the agency is trying to avoid liability and let the beneficiaries shoulder the responsibility.

The GAO explained that a lack of budget and backlogs on reviewing beneficiaries caused the problem. The over payments made by the Social Security Administration either went to innocent beneficiaries or to people who engaged in fraud.

The legal team at the Hankey Law Office understands that many eligible people in Indiana deserve to receive disability benefits to augment their daily needs. Seek a lawyer’s help today to get help obtaining the benefits you need by calling (800) 520-3633.