It seems increasingly likely that the Federal government is going to shut down this weekend. If it does, what happens to Social Security disability claims?

Here are some answers:

Social Security payments would continue to be sent out on time unless the debt ceiling is not raised and the government defaults on its obligations.

Social Security offices are reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, but online services are still available. However, staffing could be limited during a shutdown, causing delays and disruptions.

Social Security disability hearings would likely still be held but with reduced support personnel and no decision writing. This means that benefits could be delayed even if the claim is approved.

Social Security applications would probably still be processed, but with some delay depending on the state.