Hispanic Heritage Month – Social Security Answers Your Most Popular Questions

October 5, 2017 • By

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family walking outside in the woods It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate the contributions and cultural richness of Hispanics in the U.S. Hispanics have influenced many facets of American life, from language to our cultural development. They play a crucial role in our country, and during this month of celebration, we want to turn the spotlight on the three most popular questions we get from our Spanish-speaking readers.

  1. How can I check my benefits? — The easiest and most convenient way to check your benefits or application status, or to make changes to your information is by opening your personal my Social Security account. A personal my Social Security account empowers you with access to the services you need from your preferred location. Open your personal my Social Security account today and learn all the things you can do with it. It’s easy, convenient, secure, and green.
  2. Can I receive widow’s benefits on my spouse’s record? — Widows and widowers may be eligible to receive monthly Social Security benefits on the record of a deceased worker as early as age 60 (or age 50 if disabled). In certain cases, we can pay benefits to a widow or widower at any age who is caring for a child under age 16. You can visit our website for more information.
  3. How do you protect my information? — Social Security continually evaluates and improves our robust cyber system to ensure your personal information is safe. In addition to your name and password, we use a second method to check the identification of my Social Security account holders when they register or sign in. This helps better protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud.

You may have other questions. The best place to find answers is by visiting our website – or if Spanish is your preferred language. Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana, Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. David C.

    This really comes down to patriotism vs nationalism. Patriotism is about loving one’s country and striving to make it better. Nationalism is believing you’re great no matter what. Nationalism stifles any desire to see the nation in a better perspective.

  2. B.R. J.

    I am divorced from my wife and she has been getting benefita from SS. She is 58 years old is she still eligible for benefits. If she is not, How do I terminate her benefits

    • Ray F.

      Generally, a divorced spouse can receive benefits at age 62 or older. All beneficiaries are required to report a change on their marital status. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks!

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