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SSA Halts Paper Benefits Statements Mailing Anew

October 18, 2012

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued another suspension order on the mailing of paper statements of benefits and earnings to its millions of beneficiaries, a Federal Times report said.

According to the news article, SSA spokeswoman Kia Anderson said that the suspension, which has been in effect since October 1, was due to an “overall budget situation” that the federal agency is facing.

One of the reasons for the suspension order is the stop-gap continuing resolution in the budget that will leave the SSA at 2011’s funding levels through March 2013.

It can be remembered that SSA officials initially suspended mailing paper statements in April of last year to save some $70 million every year. But they revived it again last February for beneficiaries aged 60 or older and last July for beneficiaries who’ll be turning 25.

According to Anderson, the lifting of the latest suspension lies on the SSA fiscal year’s final funding level.

Meanwhile, the agency had already introduced the online equivalent of the benefits and earnings statements last May, providing beneficiaries access to the SSA’s website.

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