Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It’s Official! The President Directs SSA Attorney General to Review the Impact of DOMA on the Federal Benefit Programs

Finally, after a series of disputes regarding the exact impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in the Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on federal benefit programs, all unanswered questions are likely to be solved now.

In its official press release, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that President Barack Obama has finally directed the agency’s Attorney General to work with other members of his cabinet to review the DOMA repeal in able to determine its impact on the benefits administered by the Social Security. This is to make sure that all government agencies will implement the decision swiftly and smoothly.

In response to the President’s call, the agency has also announced that it is now working with the Department of Justice to determine how the recent decision will affect the agency’s programs, as well as to learn how to develop appropriate instructions for its own personnel.

Meanwhile, the agency encourages all individuals who believe that they may be eligible for Social Security benefits in light of light of the DOMA repeal to apply now so that they can be protected from the possibility of losing any potential benefits.

Consequently, expect some clarity in the days ahead as the agency learns its own way on how to process new claims in accordance with the recent Supreme Court ruling, applauded by a Los Angeles disability lawyer.