No Hablo Ingles? You’re Disabled According to a Social Security Administration Loophole

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By Cheri Roberts, of Challenging the Rhetoric and Cheri Speak

According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Social Security Administration (SSA) is giving away free money. It’s true, but not for you. In Puerto Rico, where the populations is predominately non-English speaking, the United States Government is qualifying territory residents as disabled for not being able to speak English.

Huh?

The SSA has rules in place to assist people who are illiterate or non-English speaking (while living in the United States, where the language is a necessity for most work). The OIG says the SSA has been misapplying those rules and awarding benefits.

If that sounds a bit preposterous, get this, no one even knows how many people have received or are still receiving these bogus based benefits. According to the Washington Times,

The agency does not currently have a system in place to keep track of the number of beneficiaries who receive disability insurance for not being able to speak English … However, the OIG was able to identify 218 cases between 2011 and 2013 where Puerto Ricans were awarded disability due to “an inability to communicate in English.

It gets even worse. The practice is still under way and will continue while the SSA ‘gathers information’ for a review to propose a change.

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