The non-profit legal advocacy organization, Justice in Aging, recently uncovered a small but positive change in the eligibility criteria for those requesting a waiver of the dreaded Social Security benefit overpayment.

The change entails the expansion of margin of expenses. Until recently, when deciding if an applicant for the waiver would be left penniless by the overpayment Social Security would effectively add $25 onto the applicant’s expenses column, thus allowing a tiny sliver of leeway to cover any unaccounted or unexpected financial outlay on the applicant’s part. Now that margin of expenses has been widened to $55.

Whilst it’s hard to imagine the expansion will allow too many more beneficiaries to receive the waiver they need, it is undeniably a change for the better, at least.