Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children with Disabilities

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash payments to children with disabilities whose families have limited income and resources.  A child must meet the following medical requirements to be considered disabled under Social Security rules: The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that results in “marked and severe functional … Continue reading Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children with Disabilities

New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Your Social Security Statement tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivors, and retirement benefits.  It also provides a record of your earnings history and other valuable information.  And now it’s even better! We’ve added new fact sheets to accompany the online Statement. The fact sheets are designed to … Continue reading New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

Social Security’s Many Online Services

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve wondered, “Can I do this online instead of visiting a Social Security office?”  The answer is more than likely yes, and you can find more information about our online services at http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices.  Online, you can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do … Continue reading Social Security’s Many Online Services

Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist April is Financial Literacy Month, a time focused on educating people about the importance of planning for a secure financial future.  Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan.  We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future.  You should periodically review … Continue reading Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you looking for new ways to save time?  Check out our online services available through your secure my Social Security account.  We have lots to offer you online whether you receive benefits from Social Security or not. If you do not currently receive benefits, you can: Request a replacement Social Security card. Review your earnings … Continue reading The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Since the onset of Alzheimer’s can occur in people before they retire, it may strike during an individual’s working years;  preventing gainful employment as the disease progresses.  As a result, people must come to grips with a devastating diagnosis while losing their salary and benefits.  … Continue reading Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Via Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The Social Security Administration has a long history of outreach and coordination with advocates and community-based organizations across the nation.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to work with advocates and community-based organizations is essential to reaching the country’s most vulnerable populations, including individuals with low income, limited English proficiency, mental illness, or those facing homelessness.  The … Continue reading Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apply for Retirement Benefits Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, and our online tools can make your planning easier.  Visit http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount to access your my Social Security account, get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record, and find out how your benefit amount increases depending on the age you start them.  Don’t … Continue reading Apply for Retirement Benefits Online with Social Security

Apply for Medicare Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know that you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to retire?  Applying online can take less than 10 minutes.  There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Visit http://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare to begin.  There, you can … Continue reading Apply for Medicare Online with Social Security

What are Social Security Representative Payees?

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Millions of people get monthly Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments.  Some need help managing their money.  When we receive information that indicates you need help, we’ll assign a representative payee to manage your benefits for you.  We try to select someone who knows you and wants to help you.  A representative payee receives … Continue reading What are Social Security Representative Payees?