Numerous Americans attempting to apply for Survivor Benefits through Social Security have encountered numerous obstacles as a result of the shutdown of Social Security offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent outbreak of the virus’ milder but still extremely contagious Omicron form.
According to 19thnews, the bulk of these applicants are women, such as the widows and children of those who perished during the outbreak.
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of about 900,000 individuals since it began.
Although this is the case, the Social Security Authority offices have remained closed throughout the whole COVID-19 outbreak – up until this point. Despite this,
The opening of the offices, originally planned for January 1, has been postponed until March 20, 2022.
Survivor benefits are sought by tens of thousands of Americans, the most majority of whom are women with one child under the age of 18 and women or widows over the age of 60 who are seeking survivors benefits from social security.
Problems are compounded by the fact that a majority of Social Security offices are closed, as previously mentioned, and that what would ordinarily take only one brief visit – roughly a half-day – is now conducted over the phone rather than through one-on-one meetings or interviews with officials.
Another issue that has been raised is the amount of time that potential recipients have spent waiting or on hold on the phone.
It’s getting increasingly difficult for Americans who have lost a loved one due to the COVID-19 epidemic to get the help they need due to the telephonic operating system and social security backlogs.