Social Security offices closed
As of March 17, Social Security offices are closed for all in-person service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision came in an effort to protect the population the Social Security offices serve. Older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable to this virus. Despite the office closures, Social Security is still able to provide critical services by phone and online.
Services online and by phone
Even if your local Social Security office is closed, you can still do business with Social Security over the phone by calling 1-800-772-1213. You can also perform many of these same services at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/ The following are a few of the of services you can do online:
- File a claim for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits;
- Apply for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drugs;
- Check your application status;
- File an appeal if you were recently denied disability benefits;
- Request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas);
- Print proof of your benefits;
- Explore all of the benefits you may be eligible for at Benefits.gov;
- Request a replacement Medicare card, although your healthcare provider can verify coverage if you know your Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number;
- Print a SSA-1099;
- Change your address, if you receive benefits;
- Set up or change your direct deposit; and
- Much more
Social Security FAQ
The following Frequently Asked Questions are from www.ssa.gov/coronavirus
1. Will I continue to receive my Social Security benefit or Supplemental Security Income payment if I use Direct Deposit?
Yes. You will continue to receive your monthly benefit amount if you use Direct Deposit.
2. Will I still receive my Social Security benefit or Supplemental Security Income payment by mail?
Yes. Please visit the United States Postal Service for their latest statements about COVID-19. You can visit our website to learn how to sign up for Direct Deposit.
3. How do I get my COVID-19 economic impact payment?
The Treasury Department has launched a new web tool allowing quick registrations for Economic Impact Payments. Treasury, not Social Security, will make these payments.
4. What scams should I know about?
Unfortunately, there are scammers who will take advantage of the current situation and try to trick you out of your money and personal information. Don’t be fooled!
If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, or another government agency offering COVID-19 related grants or economic impact payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Visit Treasury’s website if you suspect economic impact payment fraud. Report Social Security scams about COVID-19.
Below are some of the scams we know about, but there can be many variations:
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19-related office closures. We will not suspend or discontinue benefits because our offices are closed to the public for in-person service. Read this and other fraud advisories.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to COVID-19. For example, scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate. Learn about this and other COVID-19 fraud from HHS.
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