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Can Social Security benefits be garnished to pay medical bills?

Kaitlin Dean

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Kristi Hammond on May 17, 2018

In general, the Social Security benefits are exempt from execution, levy, garnishment, or other legal process, or the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law. The exceptions are that benefits are subject:. (1) the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to make levies for the collection of delinquent Federal taxes and under certain circumstances delinquent child support payments; and(2) to garnishment or similar legal process brought by an individual to enforce a child support or alimony obligation.. of Section 207 of the Social Security Act establishes that: "The right of any person to any payment under this title shall not be transferable or assignable, at law or in equity, and none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this title shall be subject to execution, levy, garnishment, or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law."


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