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U.S. Rep Harold Rogers Press Release Regarding SSA Lifting the Benefit Suspension

Friday, June 5, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced that the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Carolyn Colvin, has lifted the suspension of payments for 900 disability benefit recipients in Eastern Kentucky until they receive a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Colvin made the decision in response to a meeting with Congressman Rogers on Wednesday afternoon. 

"I'm elated," said Congressman Rogers. "I asked the Commissioner to reverse course and she called this morning to tell me she is lifting the suspensions. We are all determined to bring fraud to a rapid conclusion and if it exists, it needs to be handled appropriately. But, this is the American way; you are innocent until you are proven guilty. Now our people will be able to pay bills and purchase the everyday items they need while they await the hearing they deserve."

The Social Security Administration's suspensions coincide with a federal fraud investigation involving a Floyd County attorney and several physicians in the region. The agency sent out letters last week notifying 900 people that their disability benefits were being suspended immediately, while another 600 people learned their supplemental security income (SSI) would continue until their eligibility is re-examined. 

During the meeting, Commissioner Colvin confirmed the agency is also extending the 10-day window to submit medical records to 30 days. 

"Our people are in dire straights. Hundreds of folks have called my office over the last week, worried about their only source of income being cut off without notice," said Rogers. "I shared their stories with the Commissioner and she assured me that the agency is going to beef up efforts to expedite these cases."

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/CongressmanHalRogers. 



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