Why Are The Phones Always Busy At The Social Security Office?
Most Social Security offices have several phone lines, but they always seem to be busy. Social Security offices provide many services to the public. For instance, Social Security handles two disability programs, retirement benefits, widow or widower benefits, children’s benefits, and Medicare.
Each day thousands of individuals across the nation and around the world call their local Social Security offices or the toll free Social Security phone line to ask questions about their benefits, their children’s benefits, friend or relatives benefits. Many beneficiaries call their local Social Security offices to change their addresses, phone numbers, direct deposit information, or to request duplicate Medicare cards.
Additionally, individuals make appointments to file for retirement, survivor, or disability benefits. Some of these appointments are done by phone; consequently, even more phone calls are coming in and going out of your local Social Security office. The phone lines are constantly being used to provide information to citizens or to take various types of claims for benefits, thus the phones are always busy.
I've spoken to many claimants with pending cases who said they had tried for several days, unsuccessfully, to get through on the line. My response was usually something along the lines of "You may want to consider actually going down to the local office if you have questions that need to be answered, or information that needs to be reported". In fact, more times than I can count, I was told by someone who had overpayment issue that they had attempted to report work activity but had never gotten through on the line.
Bottom line: if you can't get through on the phone, make a visit.
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