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

Do You Qualify for Social Security Spouse’s Benefits?

August 24, 2023 • By

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Social Security benefits are a crucial part of millions of Americans’ retirement income. If you don’t have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits on your own record, you may be able to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be one of the following: 62 years of […]

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How SSA.gov Helps You

July 20, 2023 • By

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve added two screening tools to our redesigned website! SSA.gov provides you with many ways to learn about our programs and do business with us online. These tools are designed to help you determine your eligibility for benefits and help you request a replacement Social Security card. Benefits Screener You […]

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Social Security’s Commitment to the LGBTQI+ Community

June 22, 2023 • By

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Every June, we commemorate Pride Month by honoring the LGBTQI+ community and celebrating diversity, love, and equality. Pride Month is also a perfect time to learn more about LGBTQI+ rights. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. The Obergefell decision […]

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Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2022

May 12, 2023 • By

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Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2022. Liam has topped the list for six years in a row, and Olivia has been the top choice for new parents for four years. There is only one new name in the top 10, with Luna crawling into the top 10 for […]

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Social Security Cards Are Safer at Home

March 23, 2023 • By

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Scams to steal your personal information are at an all-time high. It’s important to continue to safeguard personal documents such as your Social Security card. A Social Security card is not an identification document. In many situations, you only need to know your Social Security number (SSN). Your physical card is not necessary for most […]

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Social Security and OIG Hold Annual Slam the Scam Day

March 8, 2023 • By

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Social Security scams are an ongoing government imposter fraud scheme. We continue to raise public awareness about Social Security imposter scams during the fourth annual “Slam the Scam” Day on March 9. For several years, Social Security impersonation scams have been one of the most common government imposter scams reported to the Federal Trade Commission. […]

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Social Security is Here When You’re Ready for Retirement

January 26, 2023 • By

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When you think you’re ready to retire, we’re here to help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits. You should decide based on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start getting benefits early with a smaller monthly amount over a longer period? Or perhaps wait […]

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This New Year, Learn About Social Security Online

January 12, 2023 • By

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Social Security programs touch the lives of more than 70 million people. We work hard to ensure critical benefits and other services are accessible to you. Consider the start of the new year as an opportunity for you to engage with Social Security online. This begins with creating your free and secure personal my Social […]

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Happy Holidays from Social Security

December 22, 2022 • By

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The holiday season brings us feelings of warmth and joy. At Social Security, we want you to know we share the same joy when it comes to serving you, whether it be in person, by telephone, or online. Our online services are available to help you do business with us in an easy, convenient, and […]

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New Start Dates for Medicare Part B Coverage Coming in 2023

November 17, 2022 • By

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Changes are coming next year for Medicare Part B coverage. What is not changing: If you are eligible at age 65, your Initial Enrollment Period (IEP): Begins three months before your 65th birthday. Includes the month of your 65th birthday. Ends three months after your 65th birthday. If you are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part […]

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