Government Shutdown Over, But Impact on SSD May Linger
Late last night President Barak Obama signed the bill that ended the government shutdown and avoided a national debt default. As of this morning, government workers were told to resume regular working hours and return to business as usual.
This is great news for the millions of Americans who rely on Social Security benefits to help with their monthly income. With the end of the government shutdown, full services should be restored at all offices across the country, allowing some suspended services such as the issuing of new Social Security cards to resume.
For recipients of Social Security disability benefits this means that November’s benefit payment will go out as scheduled. During the shutdown, officials at the Social Security Administration assured benefit recipients that their October payments were scheduled, but November and beyond remained uncertain. Now that federal funding has been reinstated and government services restored, November’s payments should process as normal.
Even as government services are restored, the nearly three-week delay in activity on disability claims is certain to cause setbacks for those waiting on application and appeals decisions. It will still take some time for the Office of Disability and Adjudicative Review (ODAR) to resume normal claim processing duties. Likewise, other government resources that provide evidence and information used in making decisions on claims may be experiencing similar delays as they get back on track.
With claims now back in progress Disability Help Group is dedicated to ensuring our clients’ claims are back on track to resolution. Whether you’ve yet to file your disability claim or you’ve received a denial, we are here to help. Contact us today to discuss your situation with a claims manager. 1-(800)-800-3332.