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How are SSD benefits effected by the government shutdown?

Many people who receive benefits from the federal government might have questions about the shutdown. While politicians in Washington continue to debate how to pass a budget to fund the federal government, people at home are wondering how they will provide for their families without assistance that they might be expecting from the government.

Currently, the federal government has said that crucial payments such as Social Security and Supplemental Security Income will continue to go out as normal. However, local Social Security offices will only be open to perform a few services. While this might not seem detrimental, there are parts of the government that are not operating during the shutdown, which could affect those with disabilities.

According to a report, the U.S. Department of Justice says that civil litigation will be postponed. This includes litigation for disability rights laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another major part of the shutdown will be the lack of tracking for prevalence of certain conditions by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Institutes of Health will also not be making any more grants for research while the government is closed.

Although many benefits will continue for the month of October, a lengthy shutdown could delay or prevent benefits in the future. If someone experiences a benefit denial, it might be wise for them to speak with an experienced attorney who understands the Social Security Administration and can help answer their questions. Sometimes an explanation and revision of paperwork is all that is needed to successfully submit a claim.

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Disability Scoop, "What The Shutdown Means For Disability Services," Michelle Diament, Oct. 1, 2013

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