Benefits.gov Spotlight: Social Security

Now that 2016 is firmly underway, you may be wondering what you can do to make this year better than the last. Luckily, Benefits.gov has thousands of benefit programs on our site from across Federal, state, and local government that may help you locate and apply for government assistance. In this article, we'll highlight some resources related to Social Security benefits.

Are you disabled, elderly, retired, and/or low-income? If so, you may be eligible to receive assistance from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), a Benefits.gov Federal agency partner. To start, there is a wealth of information on Social Security programs on our site. We also encourage you to visit SSA's website and sign up for a personalized 'my Social Security' account.

To sign up for a 'my Social Security' account, you don't have to be currently eligible for Social Security benefits. For instance, you can use the 'my Social Security' account to keep track of your earnings. Even if you are eligible, you'll find the account to be extremely useful, eliminating the hassle of dialing a phone number or visiting a local office. With 'my Social Security', you can:
 

  • Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year
  • Start or change your direct deposit
  • Get a replacement Medicare card
  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season

 

With instant access to your Social Security Statement at any time, you will no longer receive one periodically in the mail, saving money and the environment. You will also learn what your future benefits will be and keep track of the ones you currently receive, if applicable.

Beyond 'my Social Security', there are a number of other services and programs that SSA provides. You can use the Retirement Estimator to view a projection of what your retirement benefits might look like based on your Social Security earnings record. You can use the Retirement Estimator if you have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits.

On SSA's website, you can also apply for benefits, get your Social Security Statement, appeal a decision, find out if you qualify for benefits, estimate your future benefits, and more.

We encourage you to use the SSA BEST Benefit Finder tool to see which Social Security benefits you might be eligible to receive. You can also check out the Benefits.gov Benefit Finder to see if you qualify for benefits from other Federal agencies. There are over 1,200 benefits on our site, and you may be eligible to apply for multiple. You can also browse for benefits by state, category, and Federal agency to help you see the full range of what's offered.

Agencies like SSA make it easier for you to access your personal information in a timely manner, allowing you to receive your benefits more quickly. Benefits.gov wants you to know that the help you need may be around the corner.

 

 

Social Security Disability Assistance
Social Security Insurance