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Social Security May Have Overpaid Disability Claims by $657M

January 04, 2019 / Charles S. Clark

The Social Security Administration’s inaccurate verification of eligibility start dates may have resulted in as much as $657 million in overpayments in the disability and supplemental insurance programs, a watchdog found. Based on a sampling of 200 claims in fiscal 2015-2016, SSA employees “did not accurately establish” disability insurance entitlement dates for 23 (or 12 percent). That was projected on an annual basis to have cost the government more than $600 million for both the disability and supplemental income beneficiary programs, according to a report by acting inspector general Gail Stallworth Stone.