Market Watch Jillian Berman June 25, 2015 Naomia Davis hasn’t been able to talk on the phone since 2004. The 80-year-old Brooklynite was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than 10 years ago and can no longer read. Despite all of this, the government still expects her to pay back a federal student loan she took out in the 1980s to attend cosmetology school. And so every month, $134 of the $894 Davis gets in Social Security—her only income, except for Medicaid—is garnished by the government and put toward paying back her debt. > Davis’s story isn’t unique. In 2013, the government garnished about $150 million in Social Security benefits from Americans to pay back their student loans, according to a September analysis from the Government Accountability Office. Between 2002 and 2013, the number of senior citizens losing out on a portion of their Social Security to pay back education debt soared 500% from 6,000 to 36,000. More... When your Social Security check disappears because of an old student loan - MarketWatch I didn't see this topic in a site search.