Lawmakers Introduce Bill To End Double Dipping

by Staff | May 8th, 2013

May 8, 2013

When a person is injured on the job and is no longer able to perform the normal duties of employment, current law allows that individual to receive both unemployment and Social Security Disability Benefits. Many lawmakers feel this is an abuse of the system and have introduced legislation to eliminate what they refer to as “double dipping”.

Sam Johnson, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, has introduced a bill that would prohibit receiving both types of benefits at the same time. He went on to explain social security benefits should be reserved for those who are unable to continue work, while unemployment benefits should be strictly for those who are capable of eventually returning to a job.

According to a press release from Rep. Johnson, President Obama offered a similar piece of legislation during his 2014 budget proposal and claimed enacting such a law could potentially save the nation more than $1 billion over the next decade.

Johnson went on to explain that when Democrats and Republicans agree on a topic, “…we should act.”

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Social Security Disability Lawyers recognize how complex the laws overseeing Social Security Disability benefits can be.  The firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if considering applying for benefits or if your claim has been denied in the past.

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