Dawn Bystry, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic and Digital Communications

Save Time Applying for SNAP and SSI

October 21, 2021 • By

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose hardships, especially on people who face barriers to our services and benefits. We want you to know about other benefits you may be entitled to receive. This includes the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – or SNAP. SNAP is a federal program – run by state agencies – that helps […]

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Protecting Your Identity is Important to Us

October 19, 2021 • By

We’re committed to protecting your identity. It’s an unfortunate reality that guarding against the release of your personal information sometimes becomes a necessity. We can help. In certain instances – like for victims of domestic violence – you may want to block access to your electronic Social Security record. You can request a block by […]

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Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

September 23, 2021 • By

At Social Security, we strive to deliver great customer service and easy-to-access information about our programs. Our Spanish-language website provides information for those whose primary language is Spanish. There, your family and friends can learn about how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, manage their benefits, and much more. […]

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5 Ways to Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

September 16, 2021 • By

We continue to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits. Our website offers a convenient way to apply for benefits online. You can apply online for: Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months in age and want your benefits to start in no […]

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You and Your Family May Be Eligible for Increased Benefits

September 9, 2021 • By

We know your circumstances may change after you apply—or become eligible—for benefits. If you, or a family member, receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes could entitle you to an increase in your benefit amount. As part of our Potential Entitlement initiative, we want to help you identify where you might […]

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How to Change Your Second Factor Authentication for Your Personal my Social Security Account

September 2, 2021 • By

This is part three of our three-part blog series, “my Social Security 101.” Miss the first two blogs? You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. Did you recently get a new cell phone number or email address? If you did, you will need to update your personal my Social Security account to reflect […]

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Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

August 12, 2021 • By

Disability is something most people don’t like to think about, but the chances that you’ll become disabled are greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. Social Security pays disability benefits through two programs:   The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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How Social Security Decides if You Still Have a Qualifying Disability

August 5, 2021 • By

The law requires that we review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits periodically to determine if they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if your health hasn’t improved, or if your disability still keeps you from working, you’ll continue to receive benefits. Disability reviews support the integrity of our Social […]

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Disagree with Your Disability Decision? We Will Take Another Look

July 29, 2021 • By

Social Security is here to help millions of people secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection. We continue to protect the integrity of our disability programs by ensuring we make the correct decision on each claim. However, if you disagree with our decision on your claim, you can ask us to review […]

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Helpful Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits

July 22, 2021 • By

When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a lifeline for you and your family. Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes. If your working years are cut short by a severe and lasting illness […]

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