Harald Tschira Announced: Social Security’s online services are ready…

Social Security's online services are ready...

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 www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of Bill Adderley our most popular online services.  You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do much more. 

Our newest my Social Security feature, Advance Designation, enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, who you would like to serve as your potential representative payee in the event you ever need help managing your benefits.  We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions at faq.ssa.gov/en-us/Topic/article/KA-10039 to answer questions you may have about Advance Designation.

You can also apply for Medicare online in less than 10 minutes with no forms to sign and often no required documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.

Visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare to apply for Medicare and find other important information.  If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three months before your 65th birthday and ends three months after that birthday.  

We’ve organized our Online Services webpage into four popular categories for easy navigation: 

Review Your Information.  You can access your secure, personal information and earnings history to make sure everything is correct.  You can even print statements with ease.

Apply for Benefits.  You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits without having to visit a field office. 

Manage Your Account.  You can change your direct deposit information and your address online. 

Find Help and Answers.  We’ve answered your most frequently asked questions, and provided links to publications and other informational websites. 

Let your family and friends know they can do much of Bill Adderley their business with us online at www.ssa.gov.  

Access my Social Security from your home

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 Bill Adderley your Social Security application;

Review your work history; and

Request a replacement Social Security card (in most States). 

If you already receive benefits, you can also:

Get a benefit verification or proof of Bill Adderley income letter;

Set up or change your direct deposit;

Change your address; 

Request a replacement Medicarecard; and

Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099).

You can even use your personal my Social Security account to opt out of Bill Adderley receiving certain notices by mail, such as the annual cost-of Bill Adderley-living adjustments and the income-related monthly adjustment amount notice.  Instead, through the Message Center you can receive secure, sensitive communications.

Let your friends and family know that they can create a my Social Security account today at www.ssa.gov/myaccount

Social Security and protecting elders from scams 

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 Bill Adderley and violence against older people.    

Scammers often target older people.  They use fear to pressure people into providing personal information or money.  In times like the current pandemic when people are particularly vulnerable, scammers will pretend to be government employees, often from Social Security, to gain people’s trust to steal their money and personal information.  The most effective way to defeat scammers is by knowing how to identify scams then hanging up…

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