SSA Issues Reminders to LGBTQIA+ Beneficiaries for Pride Month

In light of Pride Month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued some important reminders for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) who are LGBTQIA+. Most importantly, it wants to remind people of the importance of legal marital status, and how it can affect your benefits. In addition, you should always remember to notify the SSA of life changes, such as marriage or divorce.

Celebrating Pride Month For LGBTQIA+ Beneficiaries

June is Pride Month, when LGBTQIA+ people celebrate their identities and remember the struggles they have had for legal rights. Part of that has been the recognition of same-sex marriage throughout the United States, after the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015. However, that also means that many same-sex couples now must deal with the complexities of obtaining Social Security benefits, including SSDI and SSI.

The Importance of Marital Status

Like any other married couple, same-sex couples can have their benefits impacted by their marital status. Notably, this also includes certain civil unions, and other forms of same-sex relationships that were legally recognized prior to the Obergefell decision. This Pride Month, it may be a good time to check to see if you might benefit from being considered married, since it can open up the benefits that are available to you and your partner.

Keeping Your Status Up to Date

It is also important to remember to keep your marital status up to date by informing the SSA of any changes as soon as possible. This includes getting married or divorced, as well as if you enter into a non-marital legal relationship or become a parent. This will ensure you receive the benefits that are appropriate for you and your family.

What You Should Do

Whether you are LGBTQIA+ or not, if you are interested in obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits, or need to update your legal status, it may be a good idea to contact a lawyer with experience handling disability applications. They can help you review your case, and address any problems that may arise. The sooner you call, the sooner they can get to work for you.

If you or a loved one need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.

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