Proposed overhaul of disability checks following investigation

The state’s comptroller proposed random audits and more investigations.

Nicole Alarcon Soares and John Craven

Apr 2, 2024, 9:53 PM

Updated 21 days ago

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The state could soon be taking a harder look at who's getting disability checks.
It comes after a Hearst Connecticut Media investigation found the state rarely verifies if former state workers still qualify for payments.
On Tuesday, the state’s Comptroller Sean Scanlon recommended random audits and more investigations.
"I'm not suggesting that we're going to create a team of Elliott Nesses here at the comptroller's office who are going to be kicking down doors but having the ability to look at things,” Scanlon said. “And to, again, do routine audits -- which, to me, is just good practice."
Disabled workers who don't verify their employment could lose up to 90% of their checks.
Many of Scanlon's recommendations require an agreement from state employee labor unions.


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