Social Security offices cutting hours

DENVER - Social Security field offices across the country are cutting back the hours they are open to the public.

Starting Monday, the Denver Social Security office will cut its public hours by 30 minutes each day. The office will only be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting January 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

"While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime," officials said in a news release. "The significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has done in the past. "

Officials said most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office.  Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing us of a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

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