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I was sorry to learn about this, having held out some hope that the former policy might remain intact at least another couple years.

Elsewhere in the linked article, it is stated that there is a 60 day comment period and the SSA will then publish a final rule. It seems like a longshot that they will relax this week's new rule after the comment period but if they were to 'grandfather' anyone's eligibility to use the procedure -- people who are already drawing retirement benefits, for example -- I'd be delighted.

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