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COVID-19’s Effect on SSDI Status Inquiries

Written by: Ann Bishop, Esq.

Effective March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration field offices were closed to the public in an effort to slow the growing rate of COVID-19 sufferers.  In response to the field office closure, the Social Security Administration is not providing information about Social Security Disability Insurance status to third parties.  For the present, to obtain information regarding SSDI status, claimants must obtain a “Social Security Benefit Verification Letter.”  This can be done online through the Social Security Administration website and provided to the employer/insurer.  Since verifying SSDI status can be crucial in the determination of how to handle the issue of Medicare Set-Asides and whether a Medicare Set-Aside allocation is reviewable, claimants either directly or through their attorneys, if represented, should be educated with regard to obtaining this information which will require the claimants setting up an account, logging in, and downloading the information from the Social Security Administration website.

If you need further information or assistance, please to do not hesitate to call any of the workers’ compensation attorneys with Hall Booth Smith.