Was your SSI or Social Security benefit denied or suspended due to a probation or parole warrant?
A federal court is trying to find people who were illegally denied benefits because of a probation or parole warrant. The court has approved a "class action" in the case Clark v. Astrue. The class includes anyone who had:
- SSI or Social Security benefits (disability, old age or survivor benefits) denied or suspended because of outstanding probation or parole warrants on or after October 24, 2006, or
- an initial determination of an overpayment for this reason during the same time period, or
- an appeal pending on these issues on or after October 24, 2006
The court has also decided what relief SSA must give to class members who were denied benefits illegally. This will be in the form of back payments illegally withheld and reinstatement of benefits for people who otherwise qualify. You will get these payments only if the Social Security Administration can find you. So, if you think you may be a class member, contact your local Social Security office with your current mailing address. And be sure to keep this information updated until you receive your award. Again, you cannot be paid unless the SSA can find you.
If you get Social Security benefits (not SSI) you can go here to update your address online.
SSI recipients - and others who prefer not to use the online system - can contact their regional Social Security office to file a change of address form. (You may see a security warning on this site, but it is OK to go there and use the locator to find your local SSA office. Just enter your zip code in the box, and it will give you the contact information. Or look in your local phone book.)
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