As a POD participant, you may receive a notice from SSA that explains certain actions taken on your benefit payments. The four main types of notices that you may receive are:
Overpayments and underpayments will be identified in the Monthly Benefit Adjustment or EOYR notices sent to participants.
If you receive a notice from SSA, your POD work incentives counselor can explain what the notice means and the next steps available to you.
As a POD participant, you may submit a reconsideration request to formally appeal an SSA decision. For example, if you claimed $1,000 in Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWEs) for March 2018 but SSA only approves $850, you may wish to appeal SSA‘s decision.
There are two types of reconsideration requests under POD:
Depending on when the SSA decision was made and when you wish to file the appeal, your POD work incentives counselor can help you file the appropriate reconsideration request.
If SSA determines that you have been issued an overpayment (i.e., paid too much in benefits) and you agree with SSA’s decision, you must repay the overpaid amount owed to SSA. SSA may withhold your benefits checks until the overpayment amount is paid back to SSA.
If the overpayment amount is more than you are able to pay back all at once, you have two options:
You need to file waiver requests and repayment plan requests with your local SSA field office. Your POD work incentives counselor can help you with this process.
If you disagree with SSA’s decision on a reconsideration or waiver request, the next step in the appeals process is to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. You should contact your local SSA field office to schedule a hearing request. Your POD work incentives counselor can help you with this process.