SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf

SSA Shutdown Contingency Plan 2013 – shutdown2013.pdf.


list of SSA items that will and won’t continue if the government shuts down


Things that will not continue:

Scheduling cases for hearings, review for OTRs, quality reviews, CDRs, exhibiting case files


Applications and reconsideration will continue to be processed.


SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples | NOSSCR

SSA is encouraging all potential recipients to apply for benefits now, in order establish a protective filing date. SSA employees have been instructed to accept all claims, including those from couples who not only have been married but are in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships. The SSA instructions encourage individuals to apply if they believe they may be eligible.

Currently, SSA is processing claims for spouses of retired workers if the couple is married and currently domiciled in a state that recognizes same sex marriages. For all other claims, potential recipients are encouraged to apply to preserve a filing date, but their claims will be held and not processed until SSA issues further instructions on processing and paying these claims.  All instructions from SSA must first be approved by the Department of Justice.

SSA intends to take an incremental approach to processing and paying claims for same sex spouses, and their children, beginning with retirement benefits, and moving to survivor and lump sum death payments.

SSA’s website has a link to information for same sex couples: 



SSA Begins Processing Claims for Same-Sex Couples | NOSSCR.

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report

New bill attempts SSDI reform for the terminally ill – World News Report.


Looks like some in Congress are looking to end the 5 month wait period for those who are terminally ill.  This would make a huge difference for many who are currently ill die before their benefits kick in.


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