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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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  1. Leonila

    Helpful information. Fortunate me I found your website unintentionally, and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t came about in advance! I bookmarked it.

  2. Joe F.

    I’m 64 years young and considering to return to work on a part-time basis. I presently on SSDI. My question is, if I continue to work part-time until I’m 66 years young, will my earnings be used to Recalculate my monthly Social Security Check..

    • Joe F.

      I posted the question above and wish to know the answer to my question. However, I’m not being allowed to use both my name and email address that are highlighted with “Red Astaricks” Why is this happening.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for your question Joe. Remember that disability payments are established at the highest rate possible, and we used the highest years of your earnings to calculate your monthly benefit amount. However, each year, we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to see if additional earnings may increase their monthly benefits. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. There are special rules that help you keep your cash benefits and Medicare while you test your ability to work. Please visit our “Disability Planner: If You Go Back To Work” for more information.

  3. Joe F.

    I’m on SSDI and I’m 64 years young. I’m presently looking into working part-time. My question is, if I continue to work until I’m 66 years young, will the money that I made during this short period be used to recalculate my monthly Social Security Check.

  4. C. M.

    Please make sure all your web page security certificates are valid and up-to-date.

  5. Marcie

    Disgusted with the system. I do everything correctly and get denied. I know people who have cheated the system and collect over $1,000. Monthly.
    I have back surgery and a complete new lumbar section, but after the surgery, I couldn’t move or feel my legs and feet and had drop foot and I now have no bladder or bowel control. I walked into the hospital for surgery and never walked out. I can’t work again, cause I can’t walk, sit, stand, carry, all things that work demands, but on my denial letter, they claim I can find work. How when I can’t leave my house. I’d be a liability in the workplace. I wouldn’t hire me. No income for over a year and still needing a 3rd surgery. Examiners are a joke. They get a paycheck, so who cares about us without a dime coming in?

    • tammy

      I hear ya Marcie, I have been physically disabled since birth, born with cerebral palsy. the Social Security system failed me for my entire life, I have never received any benefits from them, not one red cent! It’s not from the lack of trying, they just keep finding every excuse under the sun, which they use to deny benefits. The “lawyers” that specialize in social security disability are only after an easy paycheck. If they have to do any fighting for your case (or anything other than sending a letter or two), they will drop the case fast. They are only in it for themselves and could care less if someone who is really disabled, is suffering.

      There is a myth that social security helps all disabled people, its a HUGE LIE. Social security has NEVER helped me, at all, ever!

      I am 45 years old, a mother of three older children and physically disabled ( I was born with cerebral palsy ). I’ve never collected one red cent of money from the Socialist Security System, even though I have applied several times and they find me disabled.

      Technically, I am an “adult disabled child” (please look this up, it is NOT SSI or SSDI) but have never been able to secure any benefits whatsoever from the Socialist Security system, even under that program because I got married to an “Able bodied person”. The Socialist Security system is too busy paying benefits to some people who scam the system and worrying about adult disabled children (who they pay benefits to off of a parents record) marrying an able bodied person. This gives them the justification to cut off benefits to the adult disabled child because the husband (in theory) can now support the disabled person. This theory works great, if your husband is rich and you have no need for money but what it actually does, is to force two adults (one disabled one able bodied person) to live off of one income. In the real world, the socialist security system is forcing adult disabled children to only marry other disabled persons (and NO able bodied persons) at the threat of loosing any and all benefits that they are entitled to.

      If you are a physically disabled person (an adult disabled child) and you happen to marry an “able bodied person” you will be loosing out on a lifetime of benefits, all because of a one word “rule” that prohibits you from marrying an “able bodied person”. Best of all, they never tell you about their “Rule” so that they can justify cutting off any benefits that you may be due.

      Because you are physically disabled (adult disabled child) and you choose not to marry another adult disabled child or disabled person drawing off socialist security, you WILL LOOSE ANY AND ALL BENEFITS FOR LIFE. This means that the SOCIALIST SECURITY system is TELLING YOU WHO YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MARRY and who you are
      NOT ALLOWED TO MARRY! It is a discriminatory act “rule” and should be ILLEGAL!

      Even though I am permanently and totally disabled, if I marry an “able bodied person”, somehow that marriage makes everything ok and I am no longer considered disabled (in the eyes of the socialist security system). Magically (because I married an able bodied person), the pixie fairies come down and cure my disability, because now I can just go out and find gainful employment, no one will discriminate against my physical disability and everything will be grand, right? Somehow magically, marrying an able bodied person makes my physical disablility dissappear and now I am cured, right? WRONG!

      The issue is a special “Rule” that the Socialist Security System uses to discriminate against “certain” people. If you are a “physically disabled person” (AKA-certain people) and happen to marry an able bodied person, then the SOCIALIST SECURITY system will use special “Rules” to legally discriminate against you and deny you benefits, even if you appeal online.

      The SOCIALIST SECURITY system has caused me a lot of economic hardship all because I married an able bodied person. The SOCIALIST SECURITY system thinks someone who is physically disabled (permanently and totally disabled) marries an “able bodied person”, that somehow magically they are cured of their physical disability and two people can survive off the able bodied persons income. WOW, talk about a bunch of bureaucratic idiotic thinking, that somehow this would not cause a financial hardship….. amazing.

      The rules that the Social Security Administration uses to legally discriminate against persons who are “Adult Disabled Children” who happen to marry an able bodied person, are discriminatory. This is loosely referred to as the “marriage penalty” but I call it exactly what it is, a legal form of discrimination.
      I firmly believe this rule, is an act of bias, prejudice and discrimination against people who (by no fault of their own) are born disabled and happen to marry an able bodied person

      Please write your Congressional Representative and tell them to end this modern day form of Legal Discrimination. In this day of fairness and equality, there are still some people suffering from an outdated and oppressive bureaucratic rule.

      (PS. notice how the only thing any of these SOCIALIST SECURITY workers ever say are quotes of the rules or processes, like a worker drone. They are unable to address any topics that fall outside of their rule books). Typical bureaucracy and bureaucratic responses, like trying to argue over lost change with a vending machine

  6. Tania M.

    I would like to be able to access the MySocialSecurity webpage even though I no longer live in the States. Can it be modified so that even non US residents can access their account online to check their social security statement? thank you.

  7. Premlata V.

    I filed an appeal on August 17 or 18, and hand delivered to SS San Leandro office but till today I have not heard from SS or Medicare. I had received a letter from SS that extra amount or payment will be held from my July benefit payable in August. I had given all details of payment made by me towards premium and in fact I had over paid. In addition since I was enrolled for Medicare in December 2015, my Medicare premium should not increased. Can someone get back yo me?

  8. tjg

    what happen when you settle a workmen compensation to your ssd if they it was a third of your disability income with your social security income but if the settlement comes out to half of what there monthly check was

    • retiree

      If you take a lump sum from workmans comp,social security will prorate the amount over a number of years until you pay the money backthat you received from compensation.Your ssdi cant be more than 80% of your average weekly wage & they take into account what money you get from workmens comp.

  9. tony

    Medicare has already started open enrollment, but they haven’t stated what the Medicare Part B monthly premium will be for 2017. There is too much waste and abuse there.

    • tony

      The Medicare Advantage plans are getting billions of dollars in bonuses and they are increasing our monthly premium.

  10. ata

    As usual 90% of the comments are off topic and SSA calls this a success? They are as deluded as the corrupt alphabet agencies in DC.

    • Frank


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