National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare president Max Richtman protested the closure of the SSA’s (Social Security Administration) Rotunda field office at a rally in Baltimore today, along with other advocates and claimants who live in the city. The office, located at 711 West 40th Avenue, is scheduled to close permanently on June 21st. The Rotunda field office currently serves some 13,000 seniors, people with disabilities, and other beneficiaries every year.
If the office is shuttered, lower income Social Security and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) claimants may find themselves traveling up to one hour round-trip on public transportation to an alternate field office. Once they arrive at the nearest alternative location, they will experience an average two-hour wait (based on national data) in a crowded office where it can be difficult to locate a seat – an extra hardship for seniors and people with disabilities.