September 5, 2018
Last week, NYLAG filed a class action suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) challenging an irresponsible administrative practice that regularly results in the loss of subsistence benefits to eligible Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
SSI benefits are generally paid out on the first of the month by direct deposit into a recipient’s bank account. Four times a year, when the first of the month falls on a weekend or a holiday, SSI benefits are paid a day or two early. In those months, SSA mistakenly treats countless recipients’ benefits as a resource for the coming month-which may result in loss or reduction of benefits. Once SSA has made this mistake, recipients’ only recourse is a lengthy and cumbersome appeals process, which few of the elderly and/or disabled recipients are equipped to navigate alone, and which could still leave them without SSI for months. Members of the proposed class depend on SSI benefits to cover their most basic needs for shelter, food, and clothing. Without the full benefits to which they are entitled, they face a host of ills, including homelessness, hunger ad loss of critical medical coverage.
Individuals who believe they have been affected can call NYLAG attorney Michelle Spadafore 212-613-5024.
Read the full release here.