How to Respond to a Notice of Overpayment

If an individual is overpaid SSI or SSDI benefits, what happens? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that it has overpaid disability benefits, either due to a calculating mistake, change in circumstances or other factors, it will issue a Notice of Overpayment which instructs repayment of the overpaid amount within 30 days.

How Long is the Wait for a Disability Hearing ?

Clients often ask how long it will take for their SSI or SSDI disability benefits appeal to be scheduled for a hearing before a Social Security administrative law judge. The chart below shows the average wait time – in months – between the date a hearing is requested and the date a hearing is held for the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Honolulu.

Decline in Social Security Disability Applications

Despite the media’s focus on the large numbers of disabled workers applying for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), the actual numbers tell quite a different story. For each the past five years, since 2010, the number of applications for disability benefits from people who have been employed has declined.

Many Individuals Continue Working Despite Disabilities

As the age of eligibility for full retirement benefits increases, many people with disabilities continue to work, despite their disabling conditions. In February 2015, disabled workers comprised 19.8% of the U.S. Labor force. (Source: Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy) Many disabled workers do everything they can to keep their jobs even in the face of serious injuries or illnesses.