Our Top Ten Blogs

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Last Updated: November 3, 2016

top-ten-blogsSocial Security is always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. It’s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier! This blog is exactly what we envisioned, an honest conversation with you about our programs, the topics that matter to you, and how our agency can better serve you.  

During this time, we’ve told you about our online services, warned you about protecting yourself against fraud, and shared new ways you can start preparing for a secure retirement.

November is National Blog Posting Month, and in celebration, we are revisiting our most popular blogs of the past year. In case you missed it — or ICYMI —here’s your opportunity to catch up.

  1. What You Need to Know About the New Laws for Claiming Retirement Benefits
  2. Ex-Spouse Benefits and You
  3. An Increase in Social Security Benefits in 2017
  4. How I Navigated the Social Security Disability Process
  5. Reporting Changes is Your Responsibility
  6. Scammers Fake Social Security email
  7. The Disability Insurance Program — Securing Today and Tomorrow for 60 Years
  8. Have You Seen Your Social Security Card Lately?
  9. Your Social Security Statement Is Now at Your Fingertips
  10. A Special Arrival! Top Baby Names in 2015

And these are only a fraction of the topics we’ve covered in this busy year. Visit our blog to learn about these and many other topics that my interest you.

With financial benefits, services, and information, Social Security is here to help support you throughout life’s journey. Go check out our 10 most popular blogs and learn more about how our agency helps secure today and tomorrow.

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Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

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  1. Karen

    I cannot access your blog. I get this message…scary!
    The owner of has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

  2. tony

    When is the SSA going to get rid of meeting a quota for the number of people approved for SSDI during a specific month. It doesn’t matter how many people apply, it goes by how many people were approved that month from the previous year.

    It look like you already know how many people you are going to approve and not based solely on the disability. Some months you are lenient and give away more free disability money to people.

    • ata

      There are no quotas.

  3. Peter W.

    I would have liked to see the article “You Can Still File and Suspend, Even With These Changes” – notice of which I received on 10/27/2016 03:15 PM EDT. Two hours later when I attempted to access the article it was gone, as if it never existed. I imagine the author had made a big mistake and the article was killed as soon as it came to the attention of SSA brass, but I would have read it with great interest.

  4. byron

    My voto for Sra cinton. …. .president u.s.a……

    • byron

      Q viva sra Clinton para presidente u.s.a

  5. Jackie

    Last week I received your email letter with the Topic about still being able to file and suspend, but when I clicked on the link there was nothing there and couldn’t find the topic using the search tool. Is that article available elsewhere?

  6. REugene

    correction (your).

    • Thomas T.

      Correction: You’re

  7. Aida B.

    I just worked for 8 yrs. and 67 years old is there a possibility for me to claim my ss benefit

    • REugene

      Have you earned you 40 credits yet?
      If so, you maybe eligible for SS.

    • ata

      8×4 is 32. You need 40 credits. You should have received an earnings statement. call 1-800-772-1213 and ask for it.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your question Aida. The number of work credits you need to get retirement benefits depends on your date of birth. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work). People born before 1929 need fewer than 40 credits (39 credits if born in 1928; 38 credits if born in 1927; etc.).

  8. tony

    Those may be the top blogs, but some haven’t gotten positive feedback. An Increase in Social Security Benefits in 2017 could have been larger than 0.3 %.

    • suculento

      The increase of SSA benefits for ’17 is so miserable due to this malignant govt. have to pay for ALL these ILLEGALS criminal thieves that are crossing our borders in the number of thousands every day for the blatant devil demo. candidate to win the elections on 11/8
      This country is getting better & better every day……….

  9. Eli W.

    turn 64 this month actively working want to know my choices on when to receive Social Security. Who do I contact in person on phone?

    • ata

      Call 1-800 -772 -1213

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Eli. You could get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. There are some restrictions as to how much you can make. Since you are 64, and under your full retirement age (currently 66), if you make more than the yearly earnings limit, we will reduce your benefit. In 2016 the yearly limit is $15,720. In 2017 the limit will be $16,920. See “What happens if I work and get Social Security retirement benefits” and read our publication How Works Affect Your Benefits for more information. As a reminder, and when you’re ready, you can apply for retirement benefits online.
      For specific questions about your situation, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  10. Eli W.

    i need to know my choices on when to elect to receive Soc. Sec. Turn 64 this month working actively

    • Karen A.

      There is not way to live on Social Security. You best keep working. I HAD to retire at 54 (health problems) and consistantly receive hospital bills and surgery bills, $95,000.00, $77,000.00, $66,000.00 etc. etc. etc. The 77,000. bill was one day, yes ONE DAY in hosp, didn’t even spend the night. I am
      having a hard time trying to pay my bills, just got my 3rd overdraft sheet for this month!!! I am sick, I am stressed, I am afraid, I am broke, I get hungry, and I pray. What else can we do????

      • Ray F.

        Hi Karen, you may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services or welfare office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this information helps.

        • Ct

          Thanks..but by the sound of what she’s saying..she’s aware of theses services, and probably is already benefiting from them…but she’s not seeking handouts! My goodness..what are you suggesting we all do just give up on having any dignity? How about a RAISE in our monthly benefits that we can KEEP!
          Anybody who knows about how ss works..Can fill in the blanks….js.

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