President Biden Signs Executive Order to Make NEW Changes to Social Security & Medicare!

.The order, targeting 36 federal services across multiple agencies and departments most notably calls for passport renewals to be digitized, and allows a callback option for taxpayers, where the IRS will call you back, rather than keeping them on hold. Before signing the measure, Biden says it will “ensure that the federal government puts you, the American people, at the front of the line and are first in anything we do”. Some of the biggest impacts of the executive order will be seen by Americans over 65.

In addition to a new online tool designed to make claiming Social Security benefits easier, the government will also develop a portal for Medicare recipients to identify ways to save money on drugs and health care. Under the order, the administration plans to allow former service members to access a suite of benefits with a single log-on. Victims of natural disasters will be able to use centralized online forms and submit damage photos through smartphones, while those receiving food benefits and other programs to assist the poor with easier options in certifying their income and eligibility. According to White House staff secretary Neera Tanden, “Often times there’s a time tax -- it takes a long time to fill out a form, or go through a line or access a benefit and our focus is really ensuring that we’re minimizing those frictions. Other administration efforts under the executive order are expected to make occasional interactions with government less burdensome. The White House says it will cut down security lines at airports through new screening technologies with advanced features.

The Small Business Administration and Department of Agriculture are examining ways to improve customer service and cut down on trips to submit paperwork. The push to make government services more accessible comes as Biden seeks the biggest expansion of the nation’s social safety net in decades with his Build Back Better legislation, a $1.75 trillion compilation of tax code changes, new federal programs, and initiatives to combat climate change. The order also comes as a number of pandemic assistance programs, from an expanded child tax credit to frozen student loan payments, are set to expire. Ultimately, the White House is hoping the modernization will help Americans gain access to programs that they would otherwise not have access to due to the bureaucratic hurdles involved.

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