What Same-Sex Couples Need to Know

two women and a baby playing blocksFor more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow for many Americans.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states.

Social Security recognizes same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some non-marital legal relationships (such as some  civil unions and domestic partnerships), for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Here are five things you should know about our benefits for same-sex couples: Continue reading

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Social Security Supports National Cancer Survivors Day

women hugging, wearing pinkIn 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease.

On June 4, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize the survivors who have gone through this battle or are still living with the disease. Continue reading

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Securing Today and Tomorrow for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

little girl with familySocial Security is proud to be your friend for life. Our agency touches the life of nearly every American, no matter where they are on their journey. We are there for you and your family through births, first jobs, marriages, and when you’re ready to sail into retirement. We are proud to serve people of all races and cultures with dignity, pride, and in a way that is accessible and convenient. Continue reading

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From Alessia to Zayn, Popular Baby Names on the Rise!

3 babies sitting togetherEvery year, we’re the authority on the most popular baby names from the prior year based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. It’s fun to see how America’s trends and culture have diversified and our choices have broadened. You can visit our baby names page to see the top names from 2016 and see where your or your child’s name ranks! Continue reading

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Oh, baby! Social Security’s Top 10 Baby Names

baby names 2016Social Security is with you from day one! For most people, Social Security starts at birth when you get your first Social Security card. We are the authority on the most popular baby names from the prior year based on requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. Each year when we reveal the top 10 names for boys and girls, we can see how America’s trends and culture have diversified and our choices have broadened. Continue reading

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Social Security is Important to Mothers

Moms are a fundamental component of our society. The roles they play in our lives, as doctor, nurturer, teacher, taxi driver, cook, housekeeper, cheerleader, and more, are essential. At Social Security we see just how much mothers do every day. We understand their commitment. And we want to make sure that when the time comes, your mom is ready to retire and can enjoy the fruits of her labor. We’re with you throughout life’s journey with benefits, tools, and information to help your mom secure today and tomorrow. For four important facts you might not know about why Social Security is important to mothers, check out our infographic:  Continue reading

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Meet Our New Acting Commissioner

Acting Associate Commissioner of Social Security On January 23, I became the acting commissioner of Social Security. That makes me responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s largest and most important social insurance programs, providing retirement, survivors, and disability protection to almost all Americans. With a $12 billion budget and almost 64,000 employees serving in more than 1,500 offices across the country and around the world, plus 16,000 state employees making disability determinations, we issue more than $960 billion in payments to nearly 66 million people each year. I am humbled to lead an agency with a legacy and continuing mission that helps so many people. Continue reading

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Social Security Celebrates Black History Month

little girl hugging older womanThroughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century. Continue reading

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A Call to Teach Our AAPI Seniors About Social Security

two women on laptopAs we approach the new lunar year of the Rooster, we have a unique opportunity to alert our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors about Social Security benefits and eligibility — like the rooster issues its daily morning call.

I believe that we as a society are judged by how we care for the least among us, especially our elderly. Continue reading

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Thankful for Services that Touch America

people gathering in the kitchenThanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for the blessings we’ve had through the year.

Here are six of the services we, at Social Security, are most thankful for: Continue reading

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