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Social Security Checks to Keep on Coming in Government Shutdown

Some services and field offices will manage only limited activities

Sept. 30, 2013 – The Social Security Administration has issued its plan for operation if the federal government is shutdown tomorrow (Oct. 1, 2013) by the effort of congressional Republicans to block funding for Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) and, most importantly, checks will continue to be sent to beneficiaries.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income payments to beneficiaries will continue with no change in payment dates.

Social Security field offices will remain open with limited services. Hearings offices will remain open to conduct hearings before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Social Security card centers will be closed.


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Due to Congressional inaction to prevent a Government shutdown, SSA will only provide the following services at Social Security field offices:

1.      Help you apply for benefits

2.      Assist you in requesting an appeal

3.      Change your address or direct deposit information

4.      Accept reports of death

5.      Verify or change your citizenship status

6.      Replace a lost or missing Social Security payment

7.      Issue a critical payment

8.      Change a representative payee

9.      Process a change in your living arrangement or income (SSI recipients only)

SSA says it cannot provide the following services:

1.      Issue new or replacement Social Security cards

2.      Replace your Medicare card

3.      Issue a proof of income letter

The SSA statement says, “If your visit involves any Social Security-related service not listed above, we regret we are unable to assist you. We regret any inconvenience. Our Online Services will remain open.”

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