By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
In November, millions of families gather together to give thanks, share a meal, and spend time together. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get together, so you want to make every second with the ones you love count. Social Security understands that your time is valuable whether you’re working, running your business, or taking time off to be with family and friends.
We put a lot of time and effort into making my Social Security a resource you can depend on — an online tool that saves time and allows you to spend more of it on what you like to do. Even if you’re currently receiving benefits, or aren’t quite ready to file, Social Security has services to bring you and your family holiday cheer.
With a my Social Security account, those receiving benefits can change their address and direct deposit information, get proof of their benefits, and request replacement documents like a Medicare card. If you aren’t currently getting benefits, you can still check your earnings record, get estimates of your future benefits, and view your Social Security Statement. In many states, you can even request a replacement Social Security card online. See everything you can do with a my Social Security account and open one today and at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Remember, you don’t need a my Social Security account to:
- Select or change the way you receive information from Social Security if you are blind or visually impaired at socialsecurity.gov/people/blind.
- Block electronic and automated telephone access to your personal information at socialsecurity.gov/blockaccess.
- Apply for extra help with your Medicare prescription drug plan costs at socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp.
Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to roast or just waiting for company to arrive, our online services are open 24 hours a day, allowing you to access them on your schedule. There’s no need to stand in line or wait on the phone at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
So this holiday, don’t just pass the gravy, pass on this wealth of information to the ones you love.
Vonda VanTil is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids MI 49525 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.