Social Security Hearings Continue if the Government Shuts Down

May 27,2008
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The Social Security Administration has indicated that if there is a government “shutdown” there are certain critical functions that they will continue to perform. The most important ones relating to the disability process are that they will continue to accept and evaluate new applications and will continue to hear cases already scheduled and decide cases that already have had hearings.
However, no new hearings will be scheduled and decisions will not be written (although the claim will be decided), even if the hearing was held before or during the shut-down.
Regular payments will continue to those already receiving benefits, and the state agencies will continue to process initial claims and reconsiderations.