Apply Online for Medicare

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire?  We can help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on your individual and family circumstances.  Applying online can take less than 10 minutes.  There are no forms to sign and usually no … Continue reading Apply Online for Medicare

Get your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Tax season is approaching, and we have made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier.  The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits.  It shows the total amount of benefits you received from us in the previous … Continue reading Get your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

Ready to Retire? Apply Online with Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s never too early to start planning for retirement and our online tools can help.  Go to  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to access your my Social Security account to get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record.  Once you have an account, you can use our Retirement Calculator, to check out how your benefits change … Continue reading Ready to Retire? Apply Online with Social Security

Making Wise Choices When a Representative Payee Manages Your Money

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Some of the millions of people who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing this money. A person assigned to help you manage your monthly benefits is called a representative payee. We may decide you need a representative payee if we receive information that indicates you need help to manage your … Continue reading Making Wise Choices When a Representative Payee Manages Your Money

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