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Changes To Past Relevant Work and Disability Determinations

July 15, 2024 • By

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In fiscal year 2023, more than 1.8 million people applied for disability benefits through Social Security’s two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Until recently, Social Security required adult applicants to provide their work history going back 15 years. That’s because the inability to work is key to Social Security’s […]

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Changes Are Coming to How You Access Social Security’s Online Services

July 12, 2024 • By

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We’re making changes to the way you access Social Security’s online services, including your personal my Social Security account. The changes will simplify your sign-in experience and align with federal authentication standards. At the same time, we’re continuing to provide safe and secure access to our online services. If you created your my Social Security […]

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Do You Qualify for Social Security Spouse’s Benefits?

July 11, 2024 • By

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Social Security benefits are a crucial part of the retirement income for millions of Americans. If you don’t have enough Social Security credits to get benefits on your own work record or your own benefit is small, you may be able to receive benefits as a spouse. Your spouse must be receiving benefits for you […]

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Celebrate Your Independence With Our Online Applications

July 3, 2024 • By

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You can do much of your Social Security business on our website. Our online applications make it easy and convenient to apply for benefits from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. You don’t need to make an appointment or visit an office. That’s independence! When you start your application online, you’ll be directed to create […]

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Honoring the Civil Rights Act’s Legacy Through Equitable Service

July 2, 2024 • By

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Six decades ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ushered in a new era of equality and justice for all Americans. This landmark legislation was intended to dismantle racial segregation and advanced equity for all Americans, by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. As we commemorate the Act’s 60th anniversary, […]

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Social Security to Simplify Disability Evaluation Process – Agency to Reduce Work History Period to 5 Years  

June 26, 2024 • By

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When people become disabled under the statutory definition the Social Security Administration must follow, the agency helps them meet their basic needs and sustain a higher quality of life. Social Security administers disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Under both programs, the […]

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Social Security Updates Occupations List Used in Disability Evaluation Process

June 24, 2024 • By

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Social Security administers disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. While the agency’s disability decision process remains sound, it continually seeks improvements to ensure its disability programs remain current and to ease the burden on customers. In determining disability claims for adults, Social […]

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Social Security Pays Benefits to Children After the Death of a Parent

June 20, 2024 • By

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When many people think of Social Security, retirement springs to mind. But did you know that about 2.7 million children receive Social Security? More than half of these children get benefits after the death of a parent who worked and paid Social Security taxes. In fact, 98 out of 100 children in this country could […]

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Learn 5 Ways to Help Prevent Elder Abuse

June 14, 2024 • By

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Each year, June 15 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) – promotes awareness about elder neglect and abuse. In the United States, an estimated 1 in 10 adults over the age of 60 experience some form of abuse each year. Nearly 80% of Social Security beneficiaries are 65 and older, and we want to […]

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Social Security’s Commitment to the LGBTQI+ Community

June 7, 2024 • By

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June is Pride Month. It’s a time to acknowledge the LGBTQI+ community and also celebrate diversity, love, and respect. We recognize same-sex marriages in all states, as well as some nonmarital legal relationships (such as some civil unions and domestic partnerships). This recognition is important to determine entitlement to benefits. Here are a few things […]

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