Some Social Security services affected by federal government shutdown

Posted Oct. 03, 2013, at 4:27 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Anyone visiting the Social Security field office in Bangor will see a note posted on the door informing them they might not get the services they need until the federal government shutdown ends.

Notices posted online and at the doors of Social Security field offices across the country state which services are available during the shutdown and which are not.

Available services include help applying for benefits, assistance with appeals, change of addresses and direct deposit information. Social Security also will accept reports of death, verify or change citizenship status and replace missing Social Security payments, as well as a few other services.

What Social Security cannot do until the shutdown ends is issue new or replacement Social Security cards, replace Medicare cards, or issue a proof of income letter, according to the agency.

Bangor field office supervisors said Thursday that local offices are not permitted to speak to media, and inquiries are referred to Social Security’s website or the national press department.

The note posted on the door of Bangor’s field office states “if your visit involves any Social Security-related service not listed above, we regret that we are unable to assist you… We assure you that despite reduced funding from Congress, we will continue to work hard to serve this community.”

For information, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/shutdown. Social Security’s full shutdown contingency plan is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/shutdown2013.pdf.

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