SSA using social media as a tool for denying benefits

The Social Security Administration is in charge of organizing and approving applications for Social Security Disability Benefits as well as determining whether or not the beneficiary is entitled to receive the benefits on a continual basis. Those who abuse their right to receive disability benefits through Social Security are depleting funds meant for those who truly need and deserve the support.

In order to tighten its control on finding people who are receiving funds inappropriately, the SSA is looking toward using more modern measures, including social media. There have been numerous cases where a person who was receiving SSDI benefits was cut off or denied benefits due to status updates and postings on Facebook.

A musician who was receiving Social Security Disability Benefits had his benefits revoked when SSA agents found that he was still raising money for his organization by giving performances. The information was found on a social media website. SSDI benefits that are misused can cost taxpayers a substantial amount of money each year. The SSA has begun using social media fraud investigations to find and correct these instances.

People who need Social Security Disability benefits are required to fill out a detailed-oriented application, which may be overwhelming to some people. This is especially true for those who are mentally disabled and are in desperate need of benefits. If the SSA denies benefits, an attorney can help the applicant fill out an appeal for benefits. Knowledgeable attorneys may be able to provide much-needed assistance to those who need help filling out these applications, helping to avoid being denied in the first place.

Source: Government Executive, "Could Social Media Help Catch Abuse of Disability Benefits?" Charles Clark, Apr. 9, 2014

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