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Johnson Introduces Bill To Combat Disability Fraud
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced H.R. 5260, the Stop Disability Fraud Act of 2014, to combat fraud in the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program and better protect taxpayers and beneficiaries.
Every worker in America pays a portion of their hard-earned wages to the Social Security DI program for promised benefits if he or she becomes too disabled to work. Unfortunately, recent DI fraud scandals have revealed significant vulnerabilities in the program that have resulted in lost taxpayer dollars. Due to poor oversight, badly outdated rules and the DI program’s “pay first” culture, Social Security has awarded benefits to those who are not truly disabled. Additionally, Social Security’s complex application and disability determination process makes it nearly impossible for many claimants to apply without paid professional help. Through common sense and fair changes, the Stop Disability Fraud Act of 2014 seeks to combat fraud and better protect taxpayers and beneficiaries.