Woman Now Loses Whopping $111k in Social Security Benefits

A woman now loses a whopping $111k in Social Security benefits due to the Windfall Elimination Provision, outlets report.

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) allowed changes to be made to Social Security reducing benefits for millions across the nation.

“But at that time we really didn’t think it was going to last, so it wouldn’t be a big deal,” she explained.

Martha Karlovetz is a former teacher who said she was deprived of her benefits.

She taught in Missouri for over 10 years before learning Social Security would reduce benefits for millions of public servants.

“It was the mid-1980s when I first heard of it [WEP],” Karlovetz told the National Education Association.

Now, since 1995, Karlovetz has lost $111,384 due to the Windfall Elimination Provision, reports The US Sun.

Additionally, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) also reduces spousal benefits.

This means that if her husband dies before her, she will only get $14 per month.

She visited Washington D.C. on the NEA-Retired Day of Action to lobby for the Social Security Fairness Act.

This legislation would eliminate the GPO and WEP, and while it hasn’t been passed yet, Karlovetz was eager to speak with the House Ways and Means Committee.

“I told them, ‘I’ve been working on this since 2001,” she said.

“And I don’t have another 10 years to wait!'”

The Windfall Elimination Provision is a US statutory provision approved under law in 1977.

It can impact how the Social Security Administration (SSA) calculates a retirement or disability benefit, according to SSA.gov.

Last December, 2.1 million people, or 3% of all Social Security beneficiaries, were impacted by WEP, according to Congressional Research Service.

Close to two million of those affected were retired.

Pensions from a job can reduce Social Security benefits if you work for an employer who doesn’t take Social Security taxes from salaries.

Benefits can be affected by WEP if someone meets both criteria:

  • You earn a pension for retirement or disability from an employer who doesn’t withhold Social Security taxes
  • You might be eligible for Social Security or disability benefits from other jobs you paid taxes for

The WEP can then apply if the beneficiary has reached 62 before 1985 or formed a qualifying disability after 1985.

However, there could be exceptions if the beneficiary worked as a federal worker after 1983 or if their only pension came from railroad employment.

Another Social Security recipient said they were overpaid $37,000 and got a notice saying they needed to pay it back in 30 days.

Dan Calkins from Michigan was told the overpayment error dated back to 2018.

He and his wife Phyllis said they were first notified in 2022 through a phone call and letter from the Social Security Administration.

Calkins was told his Social Security number was “mixed” with another, but said he wasn’t given more information about the error.

However, an SSA representative said the couple could submit a SSA-632 waiver form to appeal the overpayment.

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Americans can now claim up to $5K in this lawsuit settlement after a company agreed to a massive data breach payout.

Lincare Holdings, a medical device company, is paying out millions after a data breach settlement.

The settlement followed a leak of patients’ personal information back in 2021.

After the breach, patients sued, bringing a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company could have prevented the hack, according to Top Class Actions.

Now, Lincare is paying out $7.25 million in amounts up to $5,090 to settle the lawsuit.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing.

The deadline to file a claim is April 15, 2024.

Lincare Holdings manufactures devices to treat asthma, COPD, and other respiratory diseases.

The class action lawsuit impacts anyone whose data may have been leaked by the 2021 breach.

The court, which is managing the settlement, needs proof of certain expenses before paying anyone.

These can include invoices and receipts for credit monitoring services, according to the settlement website.

Anyone who qualifies for the cash can also opt for free credit monitoring for a year.

You can also be reimbursed for up to four hours of lost time at work, with a value of $80.

Those who lived in California at the time of the data breach can qualify for an extra $90.

The top payouts may be $5,090 in total.

Claim forms can be mailed to the settlement administrator at:

Lincare Holdings Inc. Class Action
c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC
PO Box 225391
New York, NY 10150-5391

Claims can also be submitted online.

Thanks in part to the strict privacy requirements surrounding medical information, millions are going out to patients over data breaches.

Wright & Filipps, a prosthetics company, also recently agreed to pay $2.9 million after a data breach.

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