128 thoughts on “10 Handy Ways to Use Social Security Online

  1. I would like to get off disability, do I need to get a medical review first? I filled out forms ssa-455 but not sure how to send them to you online.

  2. My 28 year old son has been on SSI since he was is 6th grader. After suffering a severe stroke 2007 he is still recovering at home . Since he’s been totally disabled over half his life but completely these past 11 years, is he eligible for Medicare since it’s been over 24 months he’s been ill?

    • Angela, thank you for your question. SSI recipients are eligible for Medicaid and Social Security disability beneficiaries qualify for Medicare after receiving benefits for 2 years.

      If your son was disabled before the age of 22, he may be eligible for child’s benefits if he has a parent that’s deceased or starts receiving retirement or disability benefits. We consider this a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.

      The “adult child”—including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild—must be unmarried, age 18 or older, have a disability that started before age 22, and meet the definition of disability for adults.

  3. There is nothing telling you how to find out what is going on with your application. For example, I was approved for benefits way back in September. I was supposed to begin receiving benefits the first week in November but there is no information about the process, etc. And you simply can’t reach a representative online or by phone. You used to be able to leave a callback number if the waiting list was too long. Apparently that is no longer an option.

  4. My SS check has been lowered approx. five years ago,I was never informed as to the reasons why. My SS no. is *** – ** – *** Prices have gone up sky high but instead of an increase I got a decrease in pay.I am on a special diet due to toxins and cannot afford any of the things I need medically.Please assist me ASAP. Thank you.

    • Thank you for contacting us, Judyann. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your benefit amount, you will need to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  5. I will be 62 Dec. 28, 2019. I am on SS disability and I would like to know if I am entitled to any spousal benefits?

    • Hi, Judy. Thank you for your question. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, your husband must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Also, when you qualify for Social Security benefits on your own record, we pay that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. Visit our Retirement Planner: Benefits For You As A Spouse for more information. For specific questions, please call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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