Grand Island Social Security Office Changes Hours


      Starting Monday, Nov. 19, the Grand Island Social Security office will beopen to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. except for Wednesdays, when the office will close at noon.

      The change in public hours should help agency employees complete their regular tasks without needing overtime, which has not been allowed since Congress has reduced funding to the agency.

      The office will also be closed to the public November 23, the day after Thanksgiving. Employees will use that day to reduce the office's backlogged work.

      The change in office hours applies to all offices across the United States.

      MostSocial Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying forretirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit,replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing usof a change of address or telephone number are available at or by dialingour toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213.

      People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-325-0778. Many of the agency's onlineservices also are available in Spanish at