Use my Social Security to instantly check the status of your benefits claim

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can instantly check the status online using your personal mySocial Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount to see thefollowing information about your claim: • Date of filing. • Re-entry numbers for incomplete applications. • Current … Continue reading Use my Social Security to instantly check the status of your benefits claim

Social Security Q&A Part 31

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Questions and Answers: Question: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income? Answer: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 31

Faster processing of disability claims for people with Alzheimer’s disease

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist  Currently, more than five million Americans suffer fromAlzheimer’s disease. Since the onset of Alzheimer’s can occur in people before they retire, it may strike during an individual’s working years, preventing gainful employment as the disease progresses. As a result, people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers must figure out how they’ll pay for care. Our benefits and … Continue reading Faster processing of disability claims for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Five Social Security resources that can protect elders from scams

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is on June 15. On this day, communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, organizations, and the private sector unite to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people. Social Security scams are widespread across the United States.  Scammers use sophisticated tactics to deceive you into providing sensitive information or money.  They target everyone … Continue reading Five Social Security resources that can protect elders from scams

Fact sheets added to your Social Security Statement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist  Your Social Security Statement (Statement) tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivors, and retirement benefits.  It also provides a record of your most recent earnings history and other valuable information.  We also give you fact sheets with your online Statement. The fact sheets provide clear and useful information, based on your age group and … Continue reading Fact sheets added to your Social Security Statement

Social Security’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist June is Pride Month. It’s a time to acknowledge the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community, and also celebrate diversity, love, and respect. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states. We recognize same-sex couples’ marriages in … Continue reading Social Security’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community

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Library Resources – Free or Discounted Tickets

By Liseia Parisian, Network Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan When most people think of the library they only think aisles of books, yet the library has so much more to offer. The library also offers free and discounted tickets to many attractions, such as museums and multiple State and National Parks in Michigan. This library perk can serve as a great excursion … Continue reading Library Resources – Free or Discounted Tickets

Social Security honors our military heroes

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives to preserve our freedoms.  Families, friends, and communities come together to remember the great sacrifices of military members and ensure their legacies live on. The benefits we provide can help the families of deceased military service members.  For example, widows, widowers, and … Continue reading Social Security honors our military heroes

Michigan’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2021

News Release Social Security Delivers the Most Popular Baby Names in Michigan for 2021 See the list at www.socialsecurity.gov The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in Michigan for 2021. Charlotte and Noah topped the list.   The top five boys and girls names for 2021 in Michigan were:             Boys:                                       Girls:             1)   Noah                                 1)  Charlotte              2)   Oliver                               2)   Olivia             3)   … Continue reading Michigan’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2021

Social Security Q&A Part 30

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Questions and Answers: Question: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income? Answer: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 30