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National my Social Security Week: April 4-13, 2016

April 4, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: November 6, 2023

For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with information, tools, and resources to meet your changing needs and lifestyles.

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Today begins National my Social Security Week. With the help of a myriad of groups and organizations, Social Security will host numerous events and activities across the country to raise awareness about the benefits of opening a secure online my Social Security account.

With a my Social Security account, you can:

  • Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;
  • Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working;
  • Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and
  • Manage your benefits:
    • Change your address;
    • Start or change your direct deposit;
    • Get a replacement Medicare card; and
    • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

In some states, you can also request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security . This service is currently available in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin. It’s an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online. To request a replacement card online, you must:

  • Have or create a my Social Security  account;
  • Have a valid driver’s license in a participating state or the District of Columbia (or a state-issued identification card in some states);
  • Be age 18 or older and a United States citizen with a domestic U.S. mailing address (this includes APO, FPO, and DPO addresses); and
  • Not be requesting a name change or any other changes to your card.

We will provide updates when the service becomes available in additional states.

During National my Social Security Week and in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month, we will hold “Check Your Statement Day” on Thursday, April 7, 2016 to encourage others to join the millions who regularly check their Social Security Statement. By supporting our Thunderclap campaign, you can join us to rally the public and use social media to encourage workers to check their Statement every year. This is important because we base your future benefits on your recorded earnings. Your Statement can help you plan for your financial future. We encourage you to go online to my Social Security  to access your Statement whenever you have a change of employment or wish to verify any changes in your benefit estimate.

Help secure your today and tomorrow. Open a my Social Security account at

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Debra B.

    I would really like to open a mysocialsecurity account BUT I am a Canadian living in Canada without a U.S. address.
    Please guide me on how to open one. I was hoping not to have to bother anyone at one of your offices.

  2. Kure

    there is so many great Krave products featured it’s no wonder Kratom is taking off.

  3. Veronica

    Friends of mind is receiving ssi benefits and retirement benefits. I ask them how the receive both benefits, their respond is after sending in the retirement application they receive both benefits.

  4. Business C.

    Good evening. Thanks for this info! Great article.

  5. Blake

    When will the 2017 SS Week be held?

  6. LexMcGuire

    What is the social security system doing to help American citizens in Indonesia cash their social security checks?

    • Malinda

      hihi .. wat zit ie daar lief en mooi te wezen, gerda! :-n)av)daag zat ie toch met zijn neusje in de zon, eh?morgen ook nog! :-))fijne zondag,

  7. Alesia

    There are some interesting points in time on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity but I will take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely,351305311,title,Discussing-About-Yale-Digital-Lock,index.html

  8. Loree

    I never thought I would find such an everyday topic so enlnlatrihg!

  9. Evelyn

    Since Social Security has a special week in April and HUD has made the month of April “Fair Housing Month,” it seems that since we have lost our COLA for 2016, the gov. sub. program for senior rental communities would stop increasing the rent. Neighbors here are leaving their apartments because of this. So must I if this keeps up.
    And, why are we not aligned to the proper cola program that is not intended for elderly retirees? Than, you.

  10. Shams C.

    Social security and medicare along with Medicaid is a big JOKE. Its take , take all your life but when it comes to giving back and helping the poor. You hit the biggest buericratic wall,
    My wife and I were on medicaid fom july 2015 to dec 2016. Then I get a letter from SS IN APR. that I have 30 days to respond as now we make too moch money or our MEDICAID WILL BE CANCELLED. Before I could get the docs. Ready I got another letter after 2 days that they decided to cancell and end on Apr 30th 2016.
    OKLAHOMA is the worst state for help the governer dolled over $100 million to big companies as more jobs will be created, behold as those companies kept the money and have layed off workers. SOME POLICY
    I MAKE $ 853/mo and my wife &1519/mo
    I am a cancer surviver with multiple cronic diseases & last year alone 2015 my part of med. expenses was over $10,000.
    Now I will be cutting my Rx. In half and not fill some. Till I die.

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