Largest Closure of Social Security Offices in Nation’s History Leaves Seniors Out in Cold

The Congressional Budget Office reports that even as the need for Social Security offices grow, budget cuts are social security 2resulting in closures of offices across the U.S.

The result has been that seniors in need of assistance are faced with frustrating waits for service.

The Associated Press reports:

Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010, the largest number of closures in a five-year period in the agency’s history, the bipartisan staff of the Senate Aging Committee said in its report. In addition, the agency has closed 533 temporary mobile offices that often serve remote areas.

Hours have been reduced in the 1,245 field offices that are still open, the report said.

“Seniors are not being served well when you arbitrarily close offices and reduce access to services,” Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chairman of the Aging Committee, told AP. “The closure process is neither fair nor transparent and needs to change.”


The closure of Social Security offices comes just as the number of applications for retirement and disability benefits sharply increases:

More than 47 million people receive Social Security retirement benefits, nearly a 20 percent increase from a decade ago. About 11 million people receive Social Security disability benefits, a 38 percent increase from a decade ago.

The Social Security administration says it is faced with “tough” choices and is encouraging people to take advantage of online resources.

But for Senator Susan Collins of Maine (R), that’s not good enough.

“Far too many seniors throughout our nation, particularly those living in rural areas, might not have access to a computer or the Internet. It is critical that SSA take into account these issues and the effect on the community before eliminating services,” she said.

 

 

 

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Let's face it, the federal gov't doesn't want to pay out those benefits. Both the congress AND the POTUS have been plotting to target the SS trust fund for major cuts, and it's just a matter of time b4 they actually do it. Just watch, despite the POTUS rejecting the cuts in his last budget, we all know that those proposed cuts r almost certain to be revisited and placed back on the table at some point, it's all part of his 'grand bargain'.