Social Security Disability &
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 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 Partner at Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC

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In This Issue
Social Security Field Offices To Close Earlier
Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Extended Due to Superstorm Sandy
Now That Sandy Has Passed--Consider Signing Up For Fairfax's Special Needs Registry

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Issue: # 52November 2012
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 Social Security Field Offices To Close Earlier


Social Security officeEffective November 19, 2012, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes early each day.  For example, a field office that is usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will close daily at 3:00 p.m.

In addition, beginning January 2, 2013, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.


Social Security contends that agency employees will continue to work their regular hours but this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime.


In addition, on November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public.   As SSA did last year, field office employees working that day will focus on reducing backlogged workloads.


Most Social Security services, however, do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing SSA of a change of address or telephone number can be done online at or by dialing Social Security's toll-free number of 1-800-772-1213.


People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call SSA's TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.


Many of SSA's online services also are available in Spanish at




Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Extended Due to Superstorm Sandy


MedicareThe Federal Government is giving those hit by Superstorm Sandy a break. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the December 7th deadline for Medicare Open Enrollment.


A new deadline has not been established yet, but as long as Medicare beneficiaries call Medicare's 24-hour information line at 1-800-Medicare, they can still enroll after the deadline. Representatives will review available plans and complete the enrollment process over the phone.


Open Enrollment is being held from October 15th to December 7th this year. During this time period, people who qualify for Medicare (65 years old and older, or who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits) can obtain, drop or change Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans.


Those who are currently enrolled in a Medicare plan and do not take the necessary steps to make changes will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan for 2013.



Now That Sandy Has Passed--Consider Signing Up For Fairfax's Special Needs Registry


Fairfax County sealFairfax County's Special Needs Registry allows residents with medical needs, and organizations assisting those with social needs, an opportunity to provide information to the county government so that they can communicate emergency preparedness, response, and recovery resources to these vulnerable, at risk and hard-to-reach residents.


The registry may be used for any emergency requiring evacuation, such as flooding, hurricanes, hazardous material spills and gas leaks.


This information is available to emergency planners and they have used it, most recently in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy (however, those who are on the registry should still call 911 in the event of a life-threatening situation).


If you know someone with special medical needs or of an organization that helps people with social needs, please notify them of the Fairfax County Special Needs Registry and ask them (or their caregiver) to sign up at:



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