SSA Changes Policies Regarding Same-Sex Relationships

by Staff | October 10th, 2014

If a health condition leaves you unable to work, you may be entitled to Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s important to remember there are numerous factors that can affect your claim, including your relationship status.

For years, sameisex couples were prohibited from receiving federal disability benefits because the law did not recognize their marriages as legal. Last year though, the U.S. Supreme Court found this policy to be unconstitutional. Since then, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has updated its policies to be in accordance with new laws. The SSA now recognizes some non-marital legal relationships as marriages for the purposes of processing benefit claims in a more efficient manner. The policy changes apply to those seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Officials say the change allows the SSA to begin processing claims in many states that do not recognize same-sex marriages or relationships.

If you need help filing a disability benefits claim or have a claim that was denied in the past, the Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to help. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to speak with our legal staff.

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