SSDI & govt shut down

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   Posted 4/6/2011 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that alot of the people in the chronic pain & other forums have filed for SSDI.  I was curious to know if the government shuts down will that put all of our claims on hold.  I'm almost to the 2yr mark now waiting for a decision and a visit to the ALJ.  I know my time is near and really don't want a delay.  Not sure if SS is considered non-essential personnel or not.
Pete, did you have your hearing yet?

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   Posted 4/6/2011 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
From what I heard when I had my claim in, all current ssd payments will continue, but new claims will be put on hold. It could be wrong, but that's what I heard.
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   Posted 4/6/2011 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
     Hello Jag! smilewinkgrin
          I don't have any additional information to answer you're question, but just wanted to say hello to you!
              Hope your doing well!
       Take care,
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   Posted 4/6/2011 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a claim in myself...have already seen "Their" Dr.'s and am just waiting for a Decision...Please tell me what is going on? I have no idea....


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   Posted 4/6/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jag (and everyone!),
I just popped in and saw this thread. As far as I know, Social Security/SSD payments will continue but claims processing, etc. will likely be delayed. A lot depends on how long any shut down lasts. Many of the federal govt. employees will not be paid, and will not report to work. The longer it goes, the worse the backlog will be. Also, people like me, who are about to become eligible for Medicare (in a few months) will also likely have problems if a shut down continues for very long. Interestingly, Congress and the President still get paid, as it is mandated by the Constitution.

Here's a link to an article I read earlier today.

Hope this helps answer your question. Also hope this whole thing gets resolved so none of us have to deal with it!

Hugs to all,

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   Posted 4/6/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
When I saw that the government might shut down, it scared the crap out of me. My husband is on SSD and SSI and I'm on SSI. I've been so worried. Would we still get our checks? until today when the news said that the SSD/SSI checks would still be going out. That was such a big relief off my shoulders. That's our only income.

I don't know about those of you that are in the process of applying, but I sure wish that the government would do their jobs and get this mess straightened out. It's really rediculous I think. I wish all those that are in the middle of getting approved or are applying so much good luck. I pray that you all get approved, because you all deseve it. I know what chronic pain is and none of you deserve to have to go thru so much just to get what you deserve. I'm sure you all did your part in paying taxes and now you deserve to get them back. Those of you like me. I didn't pay out enough to be eligible for SSD, so I got approved for SSI. Thank God because I couldn't work and I wanted to have income coming in too. I wish you all that are applying for SSI all the best of luck too.

love you all

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   Posted 10/4/2013 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
This link will help answer some of your questions...It's not completely clear but does tell what's going to work and whats not going to work during the shut down...Hope it helps:

I actually had my hearing on 9/18. According to my attorney it was a "grand slam". But I'm afraid that this shut down will cause me to have to wait a lot longer because in that link I provided, it says while they'll still have hearings (but not schedule anymore during the shut down so if you have a date or already had your hearing your OK) and they'll still make decisions it says that they won't have decision writers working. IDK if the judges write their own decisions but I hope they do and if not, that my decision has made it under the wire and just hasn't gotten here yet. Even if I get it though, I'm betting that it won't be any time soon before I get an award letter. The link was unclear to me as to if that aspect of the process will be crippled as a result of the shutdown. I hope not but I'm getting pretty used to let downs in this process....Even when my attorney told me the hearing was a grand slam I told him I had my doubts and that so far, anything that could go wrong has in fact gone wrong which is why I just chuckled when I heard about the shut down....Just chuckled and mumbled....Figured.

Post Edited (DontDoRny) : 10/4/2013 7:32:29 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/4/2013 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Just when I got up the nerve to file.

Well buggerall.


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   Posted 10/4/2013 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got off the phone with the ODAR. If you don't have a hearing scheduled already then you won't be getting one scheduled until this is over. If you have one scheduled, you will still have it on the date it's scheduled but if you've already had your hearing you won't be getting a decision letter anytime soon because despite the fact that the judges are handing down decisions, there are no decision writers working until the shut down ends.

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   Posted 10/4/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice! What else are they going to take from us?

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   Posted 10/5/2013 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
just alittle fyi. ssd is is up and running. got paid on thursday. had me worried when i first heard of
the shutdown. but after reading about what depts. were open. not the whole staff but the people needed to process the checks.

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   Posted 10/5/2013 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I filed for disability last month and my case manager called me last Wednesday and said I would have an answer next week. I think if you are already so far in your case keeps going. But what do I know right?

I'm just freaked out my case is going so fast.
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   Posted 10/5/2013 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Have a family member that is a SS disability adjudicator. This relative is working WITHOUT pay during the furloughs and approving/disapproving cases on a daily basis. The physicians that review the cases are also working. The only question is - if you are approved when would benefits begin.

Please do not ask me questions about your own personal cases as I cannot ask the relative. Just wanted to dispel any anxiety or incorrect info.
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   Posted 10/5/2013 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
As I said above...Yes, they are deciding cases at the hearing level but you won't get a decision letter nor can you be sent to the next level to get an award because the actual people who write the decisions are furloughed. The judges don't write their decisions. That is done by decisions writers.

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   Posted 10/6/2013 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
if anyone depends on meals on wheels, several local jurisdictions will run out of resources within the month. With the lack of funding, local communities are trying to replenish with donations.

Post Edited (1 day at a time) : 10/6/2013 12:48:08 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/6/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
With a "government shutdown," why is it that we the people are paying the price? How come the actual "government" itself isn't going without pay?

My MIL is very reliant on Meals on Wheels, she is on SSI/SSD, every penny is accounted for, and being a Mom and a Gammie, she never lets on just how low she's running when the kids come to raid the pantry.

It's not my place, it's family dynamics, and I'm learning, but it just breaks my heart.

That's outside of the fact that my own claim, which I finally filed, is now in limbo.

But the legal aid handling my case told me that it isn't by state but by region, and some offices are shut totally, some are partially staffed, and at this juncture, it doesn't necessarily mean my particular case will be ignored or put on hold, as some offices are still functioning.

I'm old enough to understand and accept that Life isn't fair, but this is a situation where the people who need the help the most are the ones being hurt the most. I fret for our future.


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   Posted 10/6/2013 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
We had 4 federally funded early start and kindergarten schools scheduled to close Friday, 2 did and the other 2 got money from an anonymous donor to stay afloat awhile longer.

Kids wic stopped, children's educations effected, these kids didnt vote yet are paying the price.

What happens to the schools lunch programs? Al federally funded as well.

Kids dont eat our elderly dont eat, going to be trouble.

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   Posted 10/8/2013 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got a call from a doctor I have been seeing for 25 years, she told me that all the prescriptions that she writes for me will no longer be covered by Medcaid. They will cover 14 more days of each medication then I am on my own.
If I pay out of pocket it will be about $700.00 a month. I just received SSDI and it is my only income I receive for my son and myself. I spoke to my pharmacist at CVS and they  said they really do not know what is going on. Maybe they won't pay because my doctor is in N.Y. and I live in Ct. My doctor treated me for $25.00 a visit, do they really think that in 2 weeks I'll find a psychiatrist to treat me for such a small amount of money.
I have multiple doctors because of chronic illnesses caused by lyme disease. Everyday I spend 3 hours infusing antibiotics so I don't go into congestive heart failure. Without my antibiotics I am completely bedridden and can't take care of myself or my son.
I have followed the new healthcare laws closely so I was aware of the effects. They kept saying that nothing will change! Now you can't get any information because the govt. is shut down!
I wanted to share this with all of you because I don't want this to happen to anyone else! Some of my medications cause life threatening consequences if not tapered down correctly, I guess the hospitals will be busy.
This is so outrageous and unbelievable.
I hope no one else has this happen. My prayers for all of us in pain!
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