New Benefit Verification Letters

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We are excited to announce the release of a new, standardized Benefit Verification letter. People receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can obtain their letter by using their personal my Social Security account.  You can use the letter as proof of income for loans, housing assistance, mortgage, and other verification purposes. Please create your personal my … Continue reading New Benefit Verification Letters

MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. E

By Betsy Smith, Network Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MiCAFE also helps older adults and those who are struggling to … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. E

COVID-19 and Older Adults

By Michelle Jackson, Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan COVID-19 started in our country in 2019. The past six months have been an incredibly challenging time for all Americans, especially older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions. I have the privilege of working at Elder Law of Michigan and speaking to many older adults in Michigan. Most people feel that one must take … Continue reading COVID-19 and Older Adults

Access Social Security From Just About Anywhere

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You can access our programs and services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  It’s easy to sign up for one, and it will give you access to important information you can’t find anywhere else. With your personal my Social Security account, you can: Use our Retirement Calculator to compare … Continue reading Access Social Security From Just About Anywhere

Celebrate – Fall is Here

By Brenda Jones E-MDT Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you celebrate the first day of Fall? Autumnal (Fall) Equinox is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, occurring on September 22nd or 23rd depending on your time zone. Time And Date AS states, “Due to the differences between the calendar year (365 days), and the … Continue reading Celebrate – Fall is Here

Learn Online With Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With more people learning online, we would like to highlight some of the digital resources we have for educators.  Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits.  This could be a way to relate our many programs to a new audience.  Showing young people that our programs help wounded warriors and … Continue reading Learn Online With Social Security

When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We’re often asked, “What’s the best age to start receiving retirement benefits?”  The answer is:  there’s not a single “best age” for everyone.  The most important thing is to make an informed decision.  Base your decision about when to apply for benefits on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start … Continue reading When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

Social Security Announces New Online Video Hearings

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The Social Security Administration announced a new service for people awaiting a hearing decision.  In addition to telephone hearings, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform beginning this fall.  This new free service will allow applicants and their representatives to participate in the hearing from anywhere they … Continue reading Social Security Announces New Online Video Hearings

Three Ways to use Social Security Online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right information.  By using http://www.ssa.gov, you know that what you’re reading and watching is approved by our experts and specifically created for you. Here are three of our resources where you can find valuable information about your Social … Continue reading Three Ways to use Social Security Online

See Your Lifetime Earnings with My Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know you can see your work history online all the way back to your first job?  Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your Social Security benefits.  We keep track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime.  This is why reviewing your Social … Continue reading See Your Lifetime Earnings with My Social Security