Celebrating a decade of my Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Can you believe it’s been 10 years since we launched my Social Security?  Since then, 67 million people have signed up and benefited firsthand from the many secure and convenient self-service options.  We take great pride in providing this and all ofour services.  It’s part of how we help you secure today and tomorrow. If you … Continue reading Celebrating a decade of my Social Security

Before you apply for retirement benefits: what to know

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you thinking about retiring and applying for Social Security retirement benefits?  Our online tools can make your planning easier.  Visit http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount to access your personal my Social Security account to get an instant and personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record. It is important that your earnings record is correct because … Continue reading Before you apply for retirement benefits: what to know

Making the most of America Saves week

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist This year, America Saves Week runs from February 21 through 25 with the theme Building Financial Resilience.  The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits, and for people to assess their own saving status. Planning and saving are key to a successful retirement.  The earlier you start saving for retirement, the better … Continue reading Making the most of America Saves week

Questions about Social Security that can help you plan your retirement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker.  If you’re among the many people covered under Social Security, you should know what your future benefit may be.  These monthly payments are likely to be an important part of your retirement income. We base your benefit payment on how much you … Continue reading Questions about Social Security that can help you plan your retirement

Submit your Social Security disability update report online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We are required to periodically conduct Continuing Disability Reviews for beneficiaries with disabilities.  This process requires that beneficiaries complete a Continuing Disability Review packet, that we mail to beneficiaries, to help us update information about their medical conditions and recent treatments. Additionally, we offer an online option for beneficiaries to complete the Disability Update Report form … Continue reading Submit your Social Security disability update report online

Social Security Q&A Part 26

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I’m 65, not ready to retire, but I want to apply for my Medicare coverage. How can I do that? Answer: The easiest and most convenient way is to apply online. Use our online application to sign up for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 26

Social Security survivors benefits explained

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies.  In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits.  These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. The amount of benefits your survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings.  The higher … Continue reading Social Security survivors benefits explained

Social Security can help you start or return to work

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and want to start or return to work, we can help. Ticket to Work (Ticket) is a program that supports career development for SSDI beneficiaries and SSI recipients who want to work and progress toward financial independence.  The Ticket … Continue reading Social Security can help you start or return to work

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 for our country.  As Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men [and women] have died to win them.”  This is why families, friends, and communities come together … Continue reading Social Security Honors Our Military Heroes

Social Security Supports Teachers Online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The past year has been difficult for everyone, including educators and their students.  Our nation’s teachers have adapted, pivoted, and provided for their students in ways they had never imagined possible.  This year, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week from May 2 through May 8, and honor all educators who prepare our children for the future.  We … Continue reading Social Security Supports Teachers Online