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Compassionate Allowances Speed Help to People with Severe Disabilities

February 11, 2016 • By

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Disability can happen to anyone. If you suffer from a serious medical condition that prevents you from working, time is of the essence when it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits. Although Social Security is committed to processing disability claims as quickly as possible in all cases, our initial claims process typically takes […]

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Have You Seen Your Social Security Card Lately?

February 1, 2016 • By

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We strive to provide you world-class service. With that in mind, Social Security rolled out a new service that allows some of our customers to request a replacement Social Security card online. The new online version of the Application for a Replacement Social Security Card allows people in some states to request a replacement card […]

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Get Educated about Your Social Security Benefits

January 7, 2016 • By

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Summer’s just a memory, the days are cooler, and children are comfortably settling in their back-to-school routines. You should take this time to “hit the books” and learn more about what Social Security offers at our website. If you’ve been to our website before, you’ll notice the new homepage is even better. We redesigned it […]

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Five Things You Can Do Online with Social Security

November 16, 2015 • By

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You want to enjoy the fall weather, and Social Security’s online services free up your time to lounge in a hammock in your backyard or take your dog on a long walk. You can safely and conveniently conduct most of your business with us anytime, anywhere. There’s no need to visit a local Social Security office.

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Helping America Plan for Retirement

November 9, 2015 • By

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One of Social Security’s top priorities is helping you prepare for retirement. Planning your retirement early can help ensure secure and comfortable post-retirement years — yet few Americans do it. Both public policymakers and private firms have worked to engage individuals to plan in the decades before their retirement, with mixed success.

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Don’t be Spooked about Retiring Online

October 29, 2015 • By

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Vile vampires and wicked witches are some of the classic scary monsters that haunted us as children. As adults, some of the scariest parts of our day might be all the stresses that come with everyday life. Medical appointments, car maintenance, and running errands — it can be overwhelming enough to make us want to scream.

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No Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

October 15, 2015 • By

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Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in the benefit amount people receive each month. By law, the monthly Social Security and SSI federal benefit rate increases when there is a rise in the cost of living. The government measures changes in the cost of living through the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price […]

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If You Have a Disability, Social Security Can Help

October 8, 2015 • By

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October is Disability Awareness Month. For Social Security, disability is always at the forefront of our conversations. We hear stories daily about Americans living with disabling conditions who need help from the system they contributed to during their working life. Their stories make us proud of the work we do.

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Preparation For The Future Begins In The Present

September 17, 2015 • By

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Retirement is a concern for all Americans, and financial planning is one way to make sure we’re ready for it. With this in mind, Social Security is finding ways to encourage Americans to use various financial planning tools to help them plan better for their retirement.

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