New Evidence on DI Overpayments Following Return to Work and Implications for Initiatives to Reduce Them
DRC Brief Number: 2018-04
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Dec 31, 2018
- Among those at risk of an overpayment between 2010 and 2012, 71 percent were overpaid.
- The following beneficiary characteristics were significant predictors of overpayments: less than a high school education, SSDI benefit amount of less than $1,000, not receiving SSI, and first engaged in SGA during the analysis period.
- Many of the overpaid beneficiaries who participated in qualitative interviews were surprised when they were overpaid because they thought they had followed the SSDI rules.
- There is an association between overpayments and a decline in engagement in substantial gainful activity. However, these results do not account for other factors that could affect earnings.
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