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Learning the Lingo of Social Security

November 2, 2017 • By

Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain language. But if a technical term or acronym (an abbreviation of the first […]

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Ancient Wisdom Applies to Today and Tomorrow

May 4, 2016 • By

During May 1 to 8 Social Security is joining forces with faith-based and community groups across the country to increase awareness about their programs and services. The theme for this Faith Week of Action is “Shining a Light on Your Lifelong Protections.” One of the common misconceptions about Buddhism is that it is detached from […]

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What You Need to Know About the New Laws for Claiming Retirement Benefits

March 14, 2016 • By

Have you heard that some of Social Security’s rules about claiming benefits are changing? Well, it’s true. The Bipartisan Budget Act that passed last November closed two complex loopholes that were used primarily by married couples. We want you to know why this happened, how it might affect you, and what you should do next.

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Set a Goal, Make a Plan and Save

February 25, 2016 • By

I have a question for you. Did you know it’s America Saves Week? Here’s another one, are you saving for your retirement? One more, if you will, when was the last time you looked at your savings account? America Saves Week is an annual opportunity to reassess your answers to these questions and ask yourself […]

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You Don’t Need A Magic 8 Ball To Find The Answers To Your Questions

February 16, 2016 • By

Sometimes, finding answers to your questions on government websites can feel a lot like asking questions of a Magic 8 Ball™. That’s not the case with Social Security’s frequently asked questions. In 2015, Social Security won the “ClearMark Award of Distinction” for best plain language websites and documents from the Center for Plain Language for […]

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2015: The Year In Review

January 11, 2016 • By

2015 was a special year for Social Security – we launched our very first blog, “Social Security Matters.” This blog has helped us cover the issues and concerns that are most important to our beneficiaries and their families. Thank you for reading our blog and joining the conversation about Social Security. We look forward to […]

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Get Educated about Your Social Security Benefits

January 7, 2016 • By

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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Reporting Changes is Your Responsibility

December 10, 2015 • By

 If you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your eligibility for disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You must report any changes that may affect your benefits immediately, and no later than 10 days after the end of the month in which the […]

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Ten Years Since Hurricane Katrina

August 27, 2015 • By

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina, a Category 3 storm more than 400 miles across and with sustained winds of 100-140 miles an hour, made landfall.  The storm devastated the coastal regions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. “We are public servants first.  No one hesitated to volunteer.  Everyone just started doing what they could […]

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Replacing Your Medicare Card – Know Before You Go (Online)

August 27, 2015 • By

Keeping your important personal documents safe can be challenging. We understand that, occasionally these important pieces of information can get lost.

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