How Your Congressperson Can (and Can’t) Help Your Disability Case

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Don’t be afraid to ask your Congressperson for help with Social Security issues. They can help you! But you gotta know how to ask, and you got know what to ask, and you gotta know who to ask.

Here’s what your congressperson can do for you

  1. Speed up your disability backpay check!
  2. Speed up your first disability payment!
  3. Speed up your disability decision!
  4. Cut through the red tape!
  5. Draw attention to a request you have made
  6. Ensure a policy is being followed
  7. Call Social Security and ask a question for you
  8. Call Social Security and resolve an administrative mistake

Here’s what your congressperson cannot do for you

  1. Get your application approved
  2. Get your application more likely to be approved
  3. Get Social Security to believe your application and believe you are disabled
  4. Have any influence over your application approval in any way whatsoever

A Congressperson can resolve a problem or mistake, but they are not allowed to influence the decision made on your case. You may come across some stories of people who tell you that their Congressperson helped them get approved for disability. These people are confused about why they got approved.

Most likely, what happened is someone from the Congressperson’s office called Social Security and did a basic status check on the application. This made the person feel like the Congressperson was helping them, but it doesn’t actually help anything.

Here’s when your congressperson can help you

  • Financial crisis – You cannot afford food and/or housing. Or you have an eviction or foreclosure notice. Congressperson can help you get a faster disability decision.
  • Medical crisis – You are terminally ill and will pass away soon, or you need critical medical care that you cannot afford. Congressperson can help you get a faster disability decision.
  • Abnormal wait time – You have been waiting much longer than average for a hearing, decision or first check. Congressperson can help resolve the problem and get your check released.
  • Administrative or clerical mistake – For example, if Social Security wrote and told you that you have died, this is a clear administrative mistake. You would probably know if you were dead.
  • Policy mistake – If there is a policy you know they are supposed to follow, but the person handling your case has not or will not follow it, a Congressperson can help you.

Here’s when your congressperson probably cannot help you

  • You want things to move faster, but you don’t have a good reason for making this request. You need a reason for the request. Here’s a few good reasons to request a faster decision.
  • You want to tell them how sick you are and you want them to help you get approved. A Congressperson can do a basic status check for you, but this will not influence the approval decision. If you want to increase your chances of getting approved, don’t contact your congressperson, try looking here instead.

Get Help

If you have a kind of problem that your Congressperson can help with, contacting their office can really work and can really help.

How To Get Help from Your Congressperson

Sample Letters to Congresspeople


Updated Feb 2018. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working.

2 thoughts on “How Your Congressperson Can (and Can’t) Help Your Disability Case”

  1. Thank you! I am currently waiting on back pay from an approval 6 months ago, meanwhile my lawyer has already received his pay from it. I will be writing my congressperson today.

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