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SSA Better Identifies VA-Eligible SSI Recipients

Empire Justice Center April 30, 2020

In an audit by SSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) (A-01-17-50236), the OIG followed up on its earlier recommendation that the Social Security Administration (SSA) better identify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who might be eligible for Veterans Benefits. Since SSI is a program of last resort, SSA requires that individuals apply for all other benefits for which they are potentially eligible, including VA benefits. In a January 2010 report, OIG estimated SSA paid approximately $1.3 billion to 21,520 SSI recipients who appeared to meet VA’s requirements for benefits.

 

Based on its prior recommendations, the OIG concluded that changes made by SSA improved its ability to identify SSI applicants or recipients potentially eligible to receive VA benefits.