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Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Mathews v. Eldridge
Citation:Mathews v. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319, 96 S. Ct. 893, 47 L.Ed.2d 18 (1976)
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The Social Security Act provides benefits to workers while they are disabled. Eldridge was one such recipient. A state agency responsible for investigating ongoing eligibility notified Eldridge that they had information suggesting he was no longer disabled and his benefits would be terminated. The agency’s procedure provided that the benefit recipient could respond in writing and furnish new evidence, then a federal official would approve termination. If benefits were terminated, the recipient then has a statutory right to an evidentiary hearing and if the termination is there shown to have been erroneous, they are entitled to retroactive benefits. Eldridge challenged the constitutionality of the procedure as it did not provide for a hearing prior to termination.
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