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July 23, 2013

Social Security Benefits Post DOMA

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) posted new guidance on its website regarding the implications of the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling for Social Security benefits. 

SSA states in its press release: “We encourage individuals who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits to apply now, to protect against the loss of any potential benefits.”  SSA will process the claims when it receives final instructions on how to do so. 

SSA posted two related frequently asked questions on its website:

Q1:     What should I do if I think I might be eligible for benefits?

A1:     If you think you might be eligible for benefits, we encourage you to apply right away.  Applying now will preserve your filing date, which we use to determine the start of potential benefits.

Q2:     When will SSA begin paying benefits to same sex couples?

A2:     We will move swiftly to process claims once we have finalized instructions for our personnel.

Stay tuned to the SAGE website for the latest information as the federal government navigates the implications of the DOMA ruling for LGBT older adults.




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