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Government trying to prevent Social Security disability fraud

Social Security Disability Insurance is available in Pennsylvania to those who truly need benefits due to a physical or mental condition and have paid Social Security taxes over a certain length of time. However, some people who don't have legitimate medical problems attempt to get a piece of the Social Security disability pie as well. This is why the Social Security Administration is ramping up its efforts to prevent and detect disability fraud.

An SSA unit is focusing on creating data analytics to help pinpoint scams. They'll be able to do this by looking for fraud patterns based on information from previous allegations. This will be helpful when looking at existing information about disability beneficiaries to identify fraudulent behavior.

The new tools were announced in late March. Some of them will start to be developed and tested during the rest of the 2014 fiscal year. The SSA's work to cut down on fraud may help taxpayers in America to save money in the long run.

Social Security disability helps those who cannot perform their previous work tasks because of their impairments. Typically, these people -- whether in Pennsylvania or another state -- also must not be able to do other gainful work, considering their work experience, education and age. The analysis that goes into determining whether a person is eligible for benefits is detailed and can be complicated and seemingly illogical in some instances. Getting advice about the applicable laws and procedures related to Social Security disability is paramount for those who want their disability claims to be processed correctly and in a timely manner.

Source: gcn.com, "Social Security to step up fraud detection with predictive analytics -- GCN", Stephanie Kanowitz, April 22, 2014

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