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Following Molinaro's Effort, Social Security Administration Responds To Overpayment Issue Burdening Seniors

Molinaro Still Fighting For Elimination Of Overpayment Collections

Washington, DC – Following efforts by U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19), the Social Security Administration (SSA) has adjusted their overpayment policy, which has burdened seniors and other Social Security recipients. 

The SSA has made billions of dollars in overpayments to seniors and other Social Security recipients. When the SSA discovered an overpayment, they would send notices to recipients demanding the money back. In September and January, Rep. Molinaro called out the SSA, urging them to stop this practice, after hearing from seniors and other Social Security recipients in New York’s 19th Congressional District who had received these notices.

As a result of Rep. Molinaro’s advocacy, the agency has announced they will now only collect ten percent or $10, whichever is greater, of a recipient’s monthly benefit to recover an overpayment. This is down from 100 percent and can save seniors and other Social Security recipients thousands of dollars annually. Because this is not a complete elimination of the overpayment collection policy, Rep. Molinaro will be keeping the pressure on the SSA to fully repeal their policy.

Rep. Molinaro said, "After fighting with the Social Security Administration for many months over their absurd policy, they have taken a step in the right direction by capping the collections, but there’s more to do. I’m still pushing for overpayment collections to be eliminated. Seniors should not go into debt because the Social Security Administration made a mistake."