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Social Security offices to cut hours

Posted November 9, 2012

Social Security offices in North Carolina will cut back public service hours effective Nov. 19.

Offices will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of 2012.

Beginning Jan. 2, 2013, all offices will close to the public at noon on Wednesdays.

Locate the Social Security office closest to you.

Staff will continue to work regular hours, using time not dealing with the public to process claims and catch up on backlog.

In addition, on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public. 

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing us of a change of address or telephone number can be accomplished online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by dialing 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1 -800-325-0778.

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  • working for deadbeats Nov 9, 7:47 p.m.

    LOL! Yay government!

  • sthiggs Nov 9, 7:23 p.m.

    Whateleisnew. If you had Tricare and because of social security you are now on Medicare, if you try to op out of Medicare, you will loose your Tricare and VA benefits. We found this out with my husband, 20 yr military, had Tricare, is now 100% disabled and had to go on Medicare. Yep, we now have to pay $118 a month when we had a supplement that picks up our co-pays. It is scary to have Tricare or Medicare and no doctors want to see you.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 9, 6:50 p.m.

    Get rid of Social Security and you can close the offices everyday permanently.

    "Doesn't matter how many hours you give them to work on backlog, they mess it up anyway. Don't know how many times I and my neighbor, both veterans, have signed documents telling them we don't need or want Part B of Medicare, yet every single month, they ding us for that $99.90 anyway"

    Hey they don't care they want your 99.90. Good news, January one the price goes up. All part of the reducing your insurance costs brought to you by Obama. More good news, in a couple of years almost NO doctors will take Medicare patients. that is the actual plan for reducing the cost of Medicare.

    Myself, I am never going to apply. I will use the VA. It won't be any worse than going to a Doctor that is still desperate enough to take Medicare reimbursement rates.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 9, 6:23 p.m.

    Doesn't matter how many hours you give them to work on backlog, they mess it up anyway. Don't know how many times I and my neighbor, both veterans, have signed documents telling them we don't need or want Part B of Medicare, yet every single month, they ding us for that $99.90 anyway - in spite of the fact that the only doctor nearby who will take us for the Medicare reduced rate is at a VAMC anyway.