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December 9 Deadline Approaching for the U.S. Government to Take Action on Federal Funding for Social Security Disability
December 6, 2016
Statement attributed to Barbara R. Silverstone, Executive Director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ – The current government must take action on federal funding to support Social Security disability benefits. Before the new President and Congress are sworn in, a continuing resolution must be passed by December 9, 2016 in order to support the more than 11 million Americans and their families who rely on Social Security disability benefits for critical, often life-sustaining, funds.
Without a continuing resolution, the government could face a shutdown similar to the one that occurred in October 2013. That shutdown significantly limited the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) ability to make disability determinations, pay beneficiaries the correct amounts, provide benefit verification letters and other critical documents, and perform other necessary services.
The current continuing resolution cut SSA’s administrative budget by nearly half a percent. This decrease compounds long-term declines in administrative funding, which have led to backlogs of over 1.1 million Americans waiting for hearings and lengthy processing times of more than 560 days on average.
NOSSCR is working 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.