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If SSA changes its position on a prior decision, can recovery of overpayments be attempted?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1922. If SSA changes its position on a prior decision, can recovery of overpayments be attempted?

Yes, we can reopen a case and make a different decision under the rules given in §2016. Payments made on the basis of the first decision may then be incorrect and constitute overpayments. Such overpayments are subject to recovery unless waiver is granted.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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