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?

Press Release: Statement about Service from Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security

Statement about Service from Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security “I want to update you about how things are going at the Social Security Administration. About a year ago, I took the unprecedented step to close our offices to the public.  I did this to keep our employees and you—the public we serve—safe.  As we enter year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines and other … Continue reading Press Release: Statement about Service from Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security

Social Security and Women’s History Month

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month.  Social Security has served a vital role in the lives of women for more than 80 years.  Women have longer life expectancies than men, which means they live more years in retirement and have a greater chance of exhausting other sources of income.  It’s important for women to plan … Continue reading Social Security and Women’s History Month

My Social Security, It’s Not Just for Retirees

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You don’t have to be retired or even close to retirement to benefit from a personal my Social Security account.  Calling Social Security is rarely necessary once you have one.  You can do much of your business with us online. With your personal my Social Security account, you can:  Request a replacement Social Security card (in most states and … Continue reading My Social Security, It’s Not Just for Retirees

Making the Most of America Saves Week

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist This year, America Saves Week runs from February 22 – 26.   The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits.  It’s also a great time for people to assess their own saving status, as planning and saving are key to a successful retirement. Each day of the week will focus on a different … Continue reading Making the Most of America Saves Week

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

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Tax season is approaching, and replacing your annual Benefit Statement has never been 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)

Workers in Your Home And Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Do you plan to pay a cleaning person, cook, gardener, babysitter, or other household worker at least $2,300 in 2021?  This amount includes any cash you pay for your household employee’s transportation, meals, and housing.  If you will pay at least $2,300 to one person, you have some additional financial responsibilities. When you pay at least … Continue reading Workers in Your Home And Social Security