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Woman set to lose Social Security due to error

An 88-year-old Woodbridge woman says she's scheduled to get cut off from her Social Security benefits at the end of the month, and she says a mathematical error by the federal government is to blame.

News 12 Staff

Oct 20, 2014, 12:42 AM

Updated 3,528 days ago

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An 88-year-old Woodbridge woman says she's scheduled to get cut off from her Social Security benefits at the end of the month, and she says a mathematical error by the federal government is to blame.
Rose Boisvert describes her situation as a nightmare. She received a letter from the Social Security Administration saying that the government mistakenly overpaid her for several years, to the tune of $15,000 total. The letter says that to rectify the error, the government will not send her any more payments for an entire year.
The loss of those payments would mean Boisvert would have to move out of her apartment where she now lives independently, and possibly into a nursing home.
Boisvert, a retired factory worker, says she worked and paid taxes until eight years ago, and says she should not have to pay for the government's mistake. 
Payments to the great-grandmother will end on Nov. 3, the letter says.
News 12 Connecticut reached out to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who vowed to find a solution before her checks run out. "I am going to drill down, work as hard as possible, and make sure she receives what she is entitled to get under the law," the senator said.
Boisvert's daughter says she hopes a solution is found quickly. "I think that when you're 88 years old, it's time for the worries to stop and just enjoy every day," she says.
The Social Security Administration has not returned News 12's requests for comment over the past several days, but Blumenthal says he has been in touch with the agency.


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