Over the last couple of weeks, I have been getting alot of calls regarding letters people have received from SSA regarding the “Clark v. Astrue” Settlement.
For those of you potentially affected by the “Clark v. Astrue” settlement, please understand a few things:
1. SSA has to make sure you are actually a part of the class.
If you received a letter letting you that you ‘may’ be a part of the class, you still need to give SSA time to make an actual determination that you are one of the affected members of the Class.
2. if they determine if you are affected, SSA has to decide if you are entitled to any money.
It’s important for SSA to make the determination that you are entitled to any money as a result of being a class member.
3. SSA has to determine how much money you are entitled.
This part is probably the trickiest. SSA has to actually go back and calculate the money you may be owed.
4. SSA has to determine if they have to reimburse you any overpayments.
If SSA determined you were overpaid, they will probably have to go and determine if they erroneously took money from you.
I know that a lot of you are anxious but this process is not designed to keep you down or keep you from receiving what you are entitled to receive. However, this process takes time. Keep in mind, the class is approximately 140,000 so SSA is going to everything to make sure they are processing this correctly. I know the wait is frustrating but be patient.
The one thing I have consistently told everyone is one simple phrase:
“You WANT the government to get this right!”