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Sandy delays benefits for some New Jersey disability recipients

Many residents across New Jersey are still reeling in the aftermath of Sandy. While individuals are regaining power and running water, and working to return to a normal life, there are always details that crop up that many had not anticipated being a problem. One of these details that many did not think they would need to worry about was receiving their Social Security Disability benefits check in a timely manner.

As we have discussed previously on this blog, most benefit recipients already receive their benefits electronically. For those that do not, the Social Security Administration has plans in place of shifting everyone, except for a very select population, over to an electronic payment delivery system by March 1, 2013. However, because this shift has not yet occurred, there are around 92,000 individuals in New Jersey that continue to receive a paper check through the postal service each month.

In the face of the storm that swept the region, the U.S. Postal Service was having a difficult time restoring delivery right away. Unfortunately, this impact coincided with the time that Social Security payments were to be delivered. Carriers in the state of New Jersey returned to their normal routes on Thursday, but due to the damage, there were parcels that could not be delivered.

The U.S. Postal Service advises that if any individual in New Jersey has not received their Social Security Disability check because of the devastation of Sandy, that individual visit their local postal office to inquire if the check was unable to be delivered. With identification verifying the same address of the disability benefits check, the individual should be able to collect their check.

Luckily, the migration to an all-electronic benefit payment system will alleviate more unforeseeable delays in the receipt of benefits for individuals in New Jersey and the rest of the nation in the future.

Source: Reuters, "Sandy leaves some Social Security recipients high and dry," Mark Miller, Nov. 5, 2012

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