Blindness (1 - 7 of 7 items)
Supplemental Security Income: SSA Provides Benefits to Multiple Recipient Households but Needs System Changes to Improve Claims Management
GAO-16-674: Published: Aug 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2016.
In May 2013, an estimated 15 percent of the 7.2 million households with blind, aged, and disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits included more than one SSI recipient, according to GAO's data analysis. Of the estimated 1.1 million households with multiple SSI recipients, most included two recipients (953,000) and at least one adult recipient between ages 18 a...
Disability Insurance: Work Activity Indicates Certain Social Security Disability Insurance Payments Were Potentially Improper
GAO-13-635: Published: Aug 15, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 2013.
On the basis of analyzing Social Security Administration (SSA) data on individuals who were Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries as of December 2010 and earnings data from the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), GAO estimates that SSA made $1.29 billion in potential cash benefit overpayments to about 36,000 individuals as of January 2013. The exact number of individuals who received imprope...
Supplemental Security Income: SSA Has Taken Steps to Prevent and Detect Overpayments, but Additional Actions Could Be Taken to Improve Oversight
GAO-13-109: Published: Dec 14, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 2012.
On October 19, 2012, we briefed Congressional staff on the results of our study of the extent to which SSA makes overpayments to and recovers overpayments from SSI beneficiaries. In summary, we found that cumulative SSI overpayment debt nearly doubled from $3.8 billion in fiscal year 2002 to $7.3 billion in fiscal year 2011. SSI overpayment debt recovery also increased from $860 million to almost...
SSA Disability: SGA Levels Appear to Affect the Work Behavior of Relatively Few Beneficiaries, but More Data Needed
GAO-02-224: Published: Jan 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Jan 16, 2002.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program paid $50 billion in cash benefits to more than five million disabled workers in 2000. Eligibility for DI benefits is based on whether a person with a severe physical or mental impairment has earnings that exceed the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level. SSA terminates monthly cash benefit payments for beneficiaries wh...
Social Security Disability Insurance: Raising the Substantial Gainful Activity Level for the Blind
T-HEHS-00-82: Published: Mar 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level established for blind beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), focusing on the: (1) differences in employment circumstances affecting people with blindness compared with those affecting people with other disabilities; and (2) potential impact of changes in SGA levels on the DI program...
Social Security Administration: Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled; Substantial Gainful Activity Amounts
OGC-99-42: Published: Apr 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on Old-age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Social Security Income for the aged, blind, and disabled. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the monthly earnings guidelines for determining when earnings demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SG...
Social Security Administration's Program for Reviewing the Disability of Persons with Mental Impairments
121582: May 20, 1983
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) process for determining whether persons with mental impairments qualify for disability under the two SSA disability programs. The adjudicative process is carried out by the States according to SSA guidelines and instructions. GAO found that, although the adjudicative process needs to be more critical of individual's problems, many of the ind...