We filed this case to stop SSA from attempting to collect “overpayments” from very low income people over 65 and people with disabilities receiving SSI who had been married to someone of the same sex on or before June 2013 when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Read More
Ohio’s Medicaid program covered only a portion of the program’s assisted living bills, leaving frail seniors Betty Hilleger and Geraldine Saunders with unexpected sky-high expenses. And they were not alone. Thousands of Ohio’s seniors faced the same coverage gap. They applied for coverage, but faced delays and unreasonable bills even after they were supposed to be covered. Justice in Aging joined with the Cincinnati firm Beckman Weil Shepardson to represent Hilleger and Saunders in a class action suit against the state to eliminate this coverage gap.
The misguided policy that nearly made Rosa Martinez homeless is rearing its ugly head again. Rosa Martinez, a California woman whose disability benefits were stopped because the Social Security Administration mistook her for a Florida woman with the same name, was Justice in Aging’s lead Plaintiff in the case Martinez v. Astrue.
(5/9/2011) The instructions are similar to those contained in EM-11032 issued last month which instructed SSA field offices that pursuant to the decision in Clark, benefits would no longer be suspended or denied solely on the basis of a warrant for an alleged violation of probation or parole.
Anyone who has an appeal pending at the ALJ stage at which this is the only issue should request an on the record decision and attach a copy of the Chief Judge Bulletin.
While these two sets of instructions should resolve the issue for everyone with a currently pending claim, they do not apply to the tens of thousands of class members who may ultimately be entitled to retroactive relief since the court has not yet ruled on the relief to be awarded to the class.
In the meantime, anyone whose benefits were suspended or denied on or after October 24, 2006 because of a probation or parole warrant should be sure that the Social Security Administration has their current address so that they will receive notice of any potential relief.