An audit from the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General found the agency was approving disability benefits for “hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.” There is a rule to provide assistance to individuals in the United States who cannot read or speak English. The OIG found that this rule was being misapplied to allow benefits in the predominantly Spanish speaking country.

The agency does not currently track the number of individuals on disability because they cannot speak English separately from any other claim, so anyone applying for benefits would “increase his/her likelihood of receiving disability benefits” if they cannot speak English.

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