February 25, 2008
Social Security Administration's Income and Resource Verification Process for Individuals Applying for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
"SSA income and resource verifications for individuals applying for help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs were not always effective. Our review of a sample of denied subsidy applications found that SSA properly denied each because applicant income and/or resources exceeded limitations specified by law. However, our review of approved subsidy applications indicated that SSA approved subsidies without properly establishing applicant eligibility in approximately 13 percent of cases reviewed. In each of these cases, SSA approved subsidies for applicants whose income and/or resources appeared to exceed eligibility limits."