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HOT TOPIC: Overpayment Recoveries

OW and ODSP Overpayment Recovery Rates May Increase From 5% to 10%

Background

The Auditor General has recommended that both Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) increase the amount they collect toward outstanding overpayments.

The law allows overpayments to be recovered by deducting 10% of benefits. However, previously overpayment recovery was usually set at 5%.

What’s happening?

OW and ODSP’s policy directives have changed, and caseworkers are expected to set the overpayment recovery rate at 10% when the cause of the overpayment is believed to be in the recipient’s control to have prevented.

I have an existing or new overpayment. What can I do?

IF YOU:

  • notice an increase of the overpayment recovery on your statement of assistance
  • receive a notice of a new overpayment
  • receive a letter from the Financial Services Office

THEN:

Contact Kingston Community Legal Clinic by phone at 613-541-0777 or by dropping by 345 Bagot Street.

 

Social Assistance

ODSP Dental Benefits: Now Paperless

As of Monday, April 1, 2019, all ODSP recipients and spouses eligible for dental benefits will be expected to use their monthly statement of assistance or government ID (such as a driver’s licence, valid Ontario Health Card, or passport) to access dental services.

These changes do not apply to children and spouses of ODSP recipients under 18. Children and spouses of ODSP recipients under 18 will continue to receive dental cards under Healthy Smiles of Ontario.

 

Social Assistance

OW & ODSP: What is a “Health Spending Account”?

Re-posted from Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

What a “Health Spending Account” might mean to people on OW & ODSP

On November 22, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced a number of proposed changes to the social assistance system in Ontario. Among these proposed changes are the creation of something called a Health Spending Account.

While there are currently very few details about the proposed Health Spending Account, our backgrounder outlines some concerns and questions about what it could mean, including:

  • Will a Health Spending Account give people enough money to pay for all of their health-related needs, especially if their costs are very high?
  • How will people access the Health Spending Account?
  • Who will have access to the Health Spending Account?
  • What impact could the Health Spending Account have on eligibility for OW and ODSP?

Read the ISAC backgrounder here:

Note: This post gives general legal information. It is not a substitute for getting legal advice about a particular situation. For legal advice, please contact Kingston Community Legal Clinic at 613-541-0777.