U.S. Government Must Take Action on Federal Funding for Social Security Disability Before December 9, 2016

Barbara R. Silverstone, Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, issues a post-election statement on our nation's Social Security disability benefits 

Englewood Cliffs, NJ – The election’s outcome will have many implications for Social Security disability benefits: the amount of administrative funding received by the Social Security Administration (SSA), who will serve as the Commissioner of Social Security and in other appointed roles at SSA and the Social Security Advisory Board, the makeup of federal courts, and legislation and regulations about disability benefits, to name a few. Even before the new President and Congress are sworn in, the government will have to take action on federal funding before the current continuing resolution ends on December 9, 2016. It is possible that other legislative and administrative actions will occur over the next few months as well.

As always, NOSSCR will work with Democrats and Republicans to secure the rights of Social Security disability claimants, beneficiaries, and representatives. We will make visits to new members of Congress and those in new positions of leadership. We will make sure that elected officials know about the impact of delays at the hearing and other levels on claimants in desperate need of benefits. And we continue to stand ready to help NOSSCR members advocate in their own communities.

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About the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

NOSSCR, a specialized bar association for attorneys and other advocates who represent people with disabilities, has been a pioneer in legal continuing education and public policy advocacy since 1979. Our members represent Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claimants through the adjudication process, advocating for the income rights of people with disabilities. NOSSCR is a non-partisan organization. For more information, visit NOSSCR.org.

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