Just announced by the Social Security Commissioner. I have all the details and everything you need to know right here on this topic.
As I am your one and only daily advocate, and I’m very much dedicated to you and this community to do all the research and to break it all down into these short topics so that you can stay updated with everything going on right now during this very busy and confusing time. All right, So finally, we are getting a relatively big announcement out of Social Security.
There’s been a lot going on here over the last couple of years. And the Social Security Commissioner just came out with a pretty big announcement that I want to share with you right here on this topic because I do know that a lot of you here in this community have benefits that are pending. You’re waiting for claims, you’re waiting for all kinds of things out of Social Security. And hopefully, this will expedite the process. So let me walk you through all the details that were just unveiled from the Social Security Commissioner.
By the way, I’m going to throw out a date here, which happens to be very coincidental. I want to talk about why this date is actually a pretty big and interesting date in which the Social Security Administration just announced a short time ago. So as we know here, over the last couple of years, Social Security field offices have been closed as a result of COVID. However, the Social Security Commissioner just came out and said they will be officially opening once again for those people who have appointments and for walk ins starting on April 7, which just so happens to be a couple of days from right now. This is actually pretty exciting because over the last couple of years here, the only way to get in contact with Social Security is through their website or by calling the 1800 number sitting on hold for roughly 6 hours and 32 minutes.
Again, I’m just making that up. We just all know it’s a very long time you have to sit on hold for right? Obviously, it’s a little bit different for everybody. But my point is, I think all of us have been there, done that, and usually the wait on hold is very, very long. Right.
So anyway, but now you can start walking into your field offices starting on Thursday, the 7 April. So in a matter of just a few days from right now, you can start walking on in with no appointment or you can make an appointment and make your way into your local field offices. This is great because I know a lot of people here in the community. I’ve seen it down in the comments section. You need to have a face to face meeting with somebody, try to figure out what’s going on with your benefit.
It is very difficult to do it over the phone. Well, here’s your opportunity. You can finally get back into these offices, have a one-on-one face-to-face meeting with somebody. So pretty exciting stuff. However, there are a few things that I want you to know about this.
Now, the whole COVID situation. Yeah, it’s still out there. Things are going on across many different States right now. The COVID restrictions have actually been lifted as far as like, mask-wearing, social distancing, all that kind of stuff. For the most part, most States have removed all of these restrictions.
However, I want you to know this much in the report that Social Security has released. They have also announced that since a lot of their beneficiaries and the people who get these benefits and will be visiting their local field offices are maybe people who have compromised or lower immune systems, things like this, they are still requiring masking. So you’ve got to keep that in mind. They are requiring masking and they’re asking for social distancing, that whole thing. So just want to be aware of that, that if you happen to go to your local field office, be aware that they probably will have these stations set up where they may be checking temperatures.
There’s probably going to be a questionnaire they might ask you, have you had exposures, things like this? And then again, they will be requiring masking. So again, this is something that they announced as well. Just want you to be aware of that. Even if your state has repealed all that and you don’t need to do it on the state level and all of your other areas, just remember, in your local Social Security offices, as of right now, they are still requiring that.
So just want to let you know about that going forward so that nobody is caught off guard because it’s kind of weird right now. You go into some places and they say, oh, no, you’re totally fine. No mask, whatever, you know what I mean? And then all of a sudden you go and try to jump on an airplane and they say, hey, you’re in the airport, you have to wear a mask. You know what I mean?
So it’s kind of weird. And other public transportation places like this, federal buildings, things like that, some places you still got to wear masks. And even some businesses out there are still requiring them, even though the States have lifted those restrictions. So again, I just want to point that out. All right.
So one more thing I want to throw out here, too is April 7. Does that date ring a Bell to anybody? Because it certainly rings a big old Bell to me. I talked about it actually a few days ago. Here’s what’s interesting about this date, and maybe they just randomly chose April 7 out of the air, just completely randomly, with no reasoning behind it.
But something is very weird about this date, and I want to throw this out there just because, I don’t know, is it just a coincidence or what? But here’s the thing. Okay, so the Social Security field offices are going to be opening on April 7 once again, as we just discussed. Right. Well, what happened exactly one year ago on April 7?
Any guesses? It was a pretty big day that a lot of us will probably not forget for quite a while now. That was the date on which the vast majority of people who receive Social Security retirement, SSDI survivors, and SSI benefits received your $1,400 stimulus check. Do you remember that one? Yeah, I do.
Very vividly. So here’s what’s interesting about it. Remember that leaning up through the end, or probably about the second half of the last couple of weeks of March and into early April. Last year, a year ago, back in 2021, we’re all wondering, Where’s our $1400 do they forget about us? Do they not care about us?
What’s going on here? Why aren’t we getting it? Well, there’s a lot of back and forth. Finally, it turned out that the Social Security Administration did not send over the files for all the beneficiaries over to the IRS so that they could process the payments. Do you remember this?
Well, then eventually they came out about a week prior to April 7 or so, and they said, we’ve got it. The official payment date of the $1400 stimulus check will be on April 7. Remember that? 2021. Well, that was exactly the day.
If you don’t believe me, go back and check out some of my videos from back then. I made some videos on that day, and sure enough, that was the day a lot of us woke up when it was like the holidays in April. Yeah, there was a lot of cool stuff going on. A lot of us right here in this community received our $400 right away that morning of April 7, 2021. So to me, it just seems really weird that last year, April 7 was a big, big day for Social Security.
All these beneficiaries, as well as this year, 2022. Now, again turning out to be kind of a big, weird day for April 7. I don’t know, maybe April 7 is something magical when it comes to Social Security. Not really sure. Maybe next year there’ll be something cool, too.
I don’t know. That’s a long time to wait, though. So maybe between now and then something else will come up either way. But anyway, I just want to lay that out for you and just thought it was really interesting that they chose April 7. Out of all the dates that they could have chosen, they chose a Thursday, and it happens to be the 7th.
I don’t know. Something about that seems really weird. They were supposed to be opening these offices back up as of April 1, but for some reason it was delayed. And now here we are on the 7th. So I just want to lay that out for you and let you know what’s going on.
So if you are somebody who needs to get out to your local field offices, here’s a couple of the points that they laid out here. And this again, kind of interesting. So they say this all the time, right? The busiest time for them is in the morning, early in the week, and early in the month. So I guess I’m a little confused.
When am I supposed to call or what am I supposed to visit? If you’re busy early in the morning, you’re busy early in the week and you’re busy early in the month, then I guess when am I supposed to go, like at 02:00 P.m. On a Thursday at the end of the month? I don’t know. I guess I’m just kind of confused.
Right. So that doesn’t really leave a whole lot of time for that many people to go up to the offices if they’re busy or even call if they’re busy the first half of the week, the first half of the month and the first half of the day. Right. Every day. So I don’t know.
But I just want to let you know if you need to go to your local offices, feel free. You can make an appointment. You can do that. Otherwise you can always walk in. I would highly recommend if you can make an appointment, just try to save yourself a headache by making yourself an appointment because you know how that can go, right?
I’ve been there, done that. I think all of us have been there. You’ll walk into Social Security and sure enough, you’re sitting on one of the chairs in that blank room with 50 other people, and you just sit there waiting for your number to be called. And your number is like 219. And they’re all numbered twelve.
And it’s like, seriously, am I going to be here like three days or what’s this going to take? You know what I mean? Been there, done that. Not a fun thing. Not a good use of time, I can tell you that much. So if you can make an appointment, I would highly recommend it. But if not feasible, that’s totally fine, too. You can just start walking in as of April 7. Anyway, hope this one helps you out. This announcement just came out a short time ago.