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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. Pam S.

    A tax person told my mother that she should be drawing more monthly SS benefits from half of my father’s benefit amount. Is that true? Can that be done?

    Keep up the great work…….

  2. Phillip G.

    I have a question concerning Workmans compensation and Social Security Retirement Benefits. I’ve read articles saying in 2006 congress passed new legislation that exempts SSR benefits from Workmans compensation offset, and the offset only applies to Social Security Disability insurance. Can you tell me if this is correct? Where can I find this information in the SS hand book? I’m only concerned with the SS Act of 2006 and how it applies in 2018.
    Thank you for any help you can provide!

  3. Maria A.

    I wanted to log in to my social security account. The site gave me a code.
    I read the code and went back to my SS account to put in the code. The system asked me for a code again.
    Now I have about 5 codes but I still not able to log in to my account. This whole thing is good to kill people early that they won’t be able to collect SS checks.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Maria, please call 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” say “Help Desk” for help with a my Social Security account. Thanks!

  4. Griselda S.

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    • Ray F.

      Hi Griselda. We are sorry to hear you did not receive the level of customer service you expected, and we apologize for how you were treated by the representative. We have referred your complaint to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  6. Robert L.


    I recently received two letters from Social Security dated October 18, 2016 & October 26, 2016. (1) The letter dated October 18 stated that I was paid too much in benefits ($384) for the year of 2014 based on my earnings from the month of January $16,299. Based on my calculation, I earned an excess of $819/year. I believe the correct amount based on the earning limit for 2014 of $15,480. (2) I was also informed in the letter from October 18, 2016 that Social Security had changed the date of entitlement from February, the date I had applied for to January based on my earnings(?). But my benefits were withheld due to my work earnings(?). (3) I received a follow-up letter on October 26, 2016 informing me that my monthly benefit amount was changed to a lower amount – obviously as a result of the increased number of months (i.e. 32 mo to 33 mo), and change that was made as to my first entitlement date (i.e. Move from Feb to Jan). I did visit my local Social Security office and while they were very helpful, they could not assure me as to why my entitlement date was changed and/or of I would receive a check as a result of the change. They also agreed that the amount of the overpayment ($384) was incorrect, but no action was taken. I also followed up with a call to national Social Security line, but they could not tell me anything specific about my account. Please advise and let me know who I can speak to address these concerns.

    • Ray F.

      We apologize for the delay and inconveniences you are experiencing, Mr. Gould. Unfortunately, but for your security, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. In your next visit, you can ask to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. Thanks.

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