Social Security benefits to be paid on time
Andrew Saul, commissioner of Social Security, said yesterday (Tuesday) that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the agency reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency or by mailing cash to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Dept. of the Treasury.
“Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time, and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Saul said. “I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.”
The Dept. of the Treasury will soon provide information about economic impact payments under the recently enacted law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Treasury, not Social Security, will be making direct payments to eligible people. Saul asked that people not call Social Security about these payments as the agency does not have information to share.
The agency continues to direct the public to its online self-service options whenever possible. Local offices are closed to the public but are available by phone. People can find their local field office phone number by accessing the “Field Office Locator.”
To allow available agents to provide better phone coverage, the agency temporarily changed the National 800 Number hours starting yesterday. The hours changed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The agency is experiencing longer than normal wait times on the 800 Number and asks the public to remain patient, use its online services at www.socialsecurity.gov or call their local office.
Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for other information and updates.