Social Security offices to close earlier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cutting public hours at its offices as a cost-saving measure. Starting November 19, Social Security offices will close 30 minutes early each day, according to a press release from the SSA.

Also beginning January 2, all offices will close at noon every Wednesday. In addition, on the day after Thanksgiving, November 23, all Social Security offices will be closed to allow employees to work on backlogged workloads.

Closing earlier will allow employees “to complete face to face interviews and process claims without working overtime.”

“The significantly reduced funding provided by Congress for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for us to provide overtime for our employees,” said the Social Security Administration.

Luckily, most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. For example, applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter, or informing the SSA of a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available at // or by dialing 1-800-772-1213.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, Social Security offices in New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island will delay starting these new office hours.

If you or someone you know needs help with SSD benefits, contact the disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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