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Auditors identified 218 cases between 2011 and 2013 in which the Social Security Administration granted disability status to residents of Puerto Rico because of the existing guidelines: inability to communicate in English.

The Social Security Administration’s inspector general questioned the policy this month in light of the fact that Spanish is the predominant language in the U.S. territory. In response,  officials say that inability to speak English lowers chances for employment, as it lowers the relevance of work and experience and education.


Puerto Rico, a U.S territory, must abide by American Social Security Regulations, deeming individuals less employable in the United States if they can’t speak English

The inspector general recommended that the agency evaluate whether the rules are appropriate and determine the number of beneficiaries who have received disability status based on their inability to communicate in English.

Whether a reform is expected has ceased to be mentioned.

– Hurtjohn