January 11, 2013
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced several changes that will be implemented this year which are aimed at improving the efficiency and ease of receiving benefits. An article published in the Baxter Bulletin discussed these changes, what recipient should expect to gain, and how they will be affected.
The largest improvement the agency made has come in the form of switching to an electronic, rather than paper-based, system. Now, the more than 60 million recipients of Social Security Benefits and Supplemental Security Income will be able to access a majority of information about their benefits at the touch of a button. Information like a person’s Benefit Verification letter, payment history, and their earning history will be made available online.
The new processes will make receiving benefits much easier and faster as a visit to a local Social Security office will no longer be required in order to receive important documentation. Instead, recipients will have immediate access to the information they need from a home computer.
Another major change will come in the form of the agency switching to strictly issuing electronic payments in the future, rather than cutting a paper check and sending it through the mail. This is being done in an effort to reduce costs associated with printing an mailing the checks.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the new processes will be successful in improving process for both the agency and recipients of benefits alike.
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