As Congress continues its debate over budget cuts, many of our customers waiting for decisions from the Social Security Administration (SSA) on their disability claims are worried about what will happen if the federal government is forced to shut down.
If there is any good news at all about this situation, it is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) does have a plan in place to continue to provide services to beneficiaries and disability claimants even if funds lapse.
This means that disability benefits will be paid on time. Also, to avoid creating a bigger backlog of disability claims, the disability application and appeals process will not slow down.
State disability determination Services (DDS) will continue to operate so that medical decisions will be made on disability claims. And Administrative Law Judges will continue to hear disability cases at the hearing level of an appeal.
Non-essential services, however, will be compromised so that SSA can fulfill its mission of providing critical benefits and services to the public.
Please read SSA’s Contingency Plan that outlines a complete list of services that will continue should our federal government shut down.