Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We pay monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to people with disabilities who have low income and few resources, and people who are age 65 or older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. Income is money you receive, such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions.  Income also includes things like food and shelter.  The amount … Continue reading Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program helps children with qualifying disabilities and their families.  For this program, a child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and medically eligible: The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that … Continue reading Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities

Social Security and Protecting Elders from Scams

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Throughout the month, government agencies, businesses, and organizations sponsor events to unite communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, and the private sector to prevent the mistreatment of and violence against older people. Scammers often target older people. They use fear to pressure people into providing personal information or money. In times … Continue reading Social Security and Protecting Elders from Scams

Access my Social Security from your Home

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With so many services available online through my Social Security, signing up for a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home.  With your personal my Social Security account, you can: Estimate your future benefits with our Retirement Calculator to compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits; Check the status of your … Continue reading Access my Social Security from your Home

Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist During this time when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?”  You can find the answer at http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of our most popular online services.  You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, … Continue reading Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

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.  Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy.  We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full … Continue reading Social Security Honors our Military Heroes

Social Security Protects Your Investment

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We provide benefits to about one-fifth of the American population and help protect workers, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.  In 2020, we will pay about one trillion dollars in Social Security benefits to roughly 65 million people. One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the hard-earned money you pay into Social Security, which … Continue reading Social Security Protects Your Investment

Eligibility for Spouse’s Benefits

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With more than 80 years of service, the Social Security Administration has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that support you throughout life’s journey.  In May, we recognize Older Americans month and we encourage you to participate by learning about available Social Security benefits.  Did you know that you may be … Continue reading Eligibility for Spouse’s Benefits

Social Security Supports Teachers

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist This year, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week from May 4 through May 8 and honor all educators who prepare our students for the future.  We know that well-informed instructors can have a powerful influence on their students.  That’s why we have easy to access, shareable online resources for teachers to engage students and educate them on Social … Continue reading Social Security Supports Teachers

Social Security to Announce Top Ten Baby Names

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year.  Along with a name, almost every newborn receives a Social Security number at birth. Your name is what makes you, you!  Your name is linked to your Social Security number, and it connects you to important national programs, such as disability, retirement, … Continue reading Social Security to Announce Top Ten Baby Names