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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Report Details Disability Overpayments

"The Social Security Administration's disability program loses billions of dollars through overpayments and payments to ineligible beneficiaries, the agency's Office of Inspector General found in a report issued this week.

The report, requested by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, estimated overpayments of $5.1 billion identified between October 2003 and November 2005. The SSA discovered $1.9 billion through normal reviews but failed to detect the other $3.2 billion.

There were also estimated annual benefits of $9.1 billion made to ineligible beneficiaries, of which $7 billion was stopped by normal processes but $2.1 billion was not detected."

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