Public News Service: New York Suit Contests Social Security Closures, Changes (October 5, 2021)
Disability advocates and other groups are suing the federal government over the Social Security Administration’s practices during the pandemic, including shuttering its local offices.
The challenge was filed on behalf of five New Yorkers who utilize Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which helps low-income older adults and people with disabilities.
Kate Lang, senior staff attorney for Justice in Aging, which represents the plaintiffs, said the office closure left many vulnerable people in the dark.
“People have difficulty communicating with Social Security and saying, ‘This is a mistake. I’m still eligible for these benefits. I shouldn’t be cut off,'” Lang explained. “We think that Social Security needs to recognize that the pandemic continues.”