As they say in the entertainment industry, the show must go on. Even with the government shutdowns and coronavirus fears, people still need help from government agencies. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Social Security Administration staff continue working to make sure people get the benefits they need. Let’s look at some of the ways that Social Security has adapted to COVID-19.
Contacting Social Security
At the time this article was printed, offices were still closed for walk-in visitors. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Social Security offices are more accessible by telephone. You can either call your local Social Security office or use the national 800-number. To find an office, check out this Social Security Office Locator.
Also, online services are safe and convenient for many people. You can handle many tasks online, including:
- applying for benefits,
- checking the status of your application or appeal,
- replacing your Social Security card in most places, and
- printing benefit verifications.
Social Security continues to work on its IT systems, implementing modern tech whenever possible.
Although many services are available online, Social Security urges people with critical situations to simply call and talk to them as soon as possible.
Appointments and Hearings
Some people had already scheduled hearings and appointments before COVID-19 restrictions shut down Social Security offices nationwide. According to a Social Security press release, they will contact people with scheduled appointments and hearings to discuss how to handle their cases going forward.
In spite of COVID-19 restrictions, Social Security is still concerned about answering your questions. For questions related to the coronavirus public health emergency, check out their FAQs and coronavirus updates.
Have COVID-19 Restrictions Stopped Social Security? No, They’re Still in Business.
In these confusing times, you still need to apply for benefits or file appeals if your claim was denied. Social Security is doing its best to get to everyone. It helps to have an experienced disability attorney at your side.
Talk to an attorney about your eligibility for disability benefits. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ legal experience, much of it involving Social Security Disability Insurance claims. They can help you with your application and any appeals that might be needed.
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