Beware of Social Security Scams

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There’s a widespread telephone scam involving callers claiming they’re from Social Security. The caller ID may even show a government number. These callers may tell you there’s a problem with your Social Security number. They may also threaten to arrest you unless you pay a fine or fee using gift cards, pre-paid debit cards, a wire transfer, … Continue reading Beware of Social Security Scams

This New Year, See What You Can do Online at Socialsecurity.gov

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you looking for new ways to save time this new year? Social Security offers many of its services online by signing up for a secure my Social Security account. Once you create an account, you can review your work history and see an estimate of your future Social Security benefits. We recently made several enhancements and … Continue reading This New Year, See What You Can do Online at Socialsecurity.gov

Small Businesses and Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States represent 99.7% of all U.S. businesses, and employ 56.8 million people. Running a small business can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and marketing can be challenging. If you are a small business owner or you work … Continue reading Small Businesses and Social Security

Do you think your Medicare income-related premium is wrong?

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security cares about accuracy and we want you to get the exact benefit amount you deserve. Changes in the law affect how we calculate monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. Medicare Part B provides coverage for physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and … Continue reading Do you think your Medicare income-related premium is wrong?

Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you’re changing your name, it’s important to let Social Security know so we can update the information we maintain, send you an updated Social Security card, and ultimately ensure we pay you accurate benefits when you retire or become disabled. To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to provide documents proving your legal … Continue reading Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Starting on January 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons, Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced.   This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012.  “I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to … Continue reading Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

Top ten sites at Social Security for 2019

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We provide our online services to improve our service to you. Here are our top 10 websites of 2019: Open your own personal my Social Security account, which will enable you to verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, update your Social Security information if you receive benefits, and more at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. We’ve … Continue reading Top ten sites at Social Security for 2019

Social Security benefits increase in 2020

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January. Nearly … Continue reading Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Help a loved one with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The aged and people with disabilities may need extra assistance to manage their finances. If you have a loved one who needs your help, you may be able to become a representative payee. A representative payee receives the beneficiary’s payments and is given the authority to manage them on the beneficiary’s behalf. We recognize that turning … Continue reading Help a loved one with Social Security

Three reasons why Social Security is important for women

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Yet, on average, women face greater economic challenges than men in retirement. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Women generally live longer than men … Continue reading Three reasons why Social Security is important for women