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Social Security, A Source of Independence for Millions

July 3, 2018 • By

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

people eating outside On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives.

Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we’ve made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Now, applying online is the fastest way to get those crucial benefits.

Here are some the types of benefits you can apply for:

  • Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months old and want your benefits to start no more than four months in the future. Apply online.
  • Disability – You can apply online for disability benefits or continue an application you already started. Apply for Disability today.
  • Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs – Many people need assistance with the cost of medications. Apply for Extra Help online.
  • Medicare – Medicare is a national health insurance program administered by the U.S. federal government that began in 1966. You can apply online or continue an application you already started.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI is a federal income program funded by general tax revenues designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. You may be able to apply online if you meet certain requirements. See if you can apply online for SSI.

Social Security provides benefits for millions of people including wounded warriors and children, the chronically ill and the disabled who cannot work. Find the help you or your family need at our website.

Don’t forget, our many online services can provide you and the ones you love with lifelong independence. From replacing a lost Social Security card to estimating your benefits, you can access these powerful tools at our online services website.


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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. VIRGINIA Padgett JENKINS

    Help American Born Persons : Foreign Nations are seeking to Destroy all of America including the Social Security Administration. The Statue of Liberty Message is not THE UNITED STATES CONSTITION LEGAL LAWS OF AMERICA . TAKE CARE OF AMERICA FIRST AND PENTAGON WAR SOLDIERS WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE US ALL FROM THE FOREIGN INVASION OF THE UNITED NATIONS TAKEOVER OF THE BLUE HELMET. FOOD IS EVERYDAY , WATER IS EVERYDAY ! WHO IS GOING TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FROM THE FOREIGN INVASION OF WAR ?

    • Snarky

      Little green Martians.

  2. Danielle P. white

    Dear Jim Borland Commissioner

    Admiration to the abiding to the coming of judgement in core regulation be defined the obligation in medical entitlement be arranged to aspects in ideal rational prospective in thank for further information to conduct person filing . Access will be restore after the holiday in my own person inquiries related to posted appeal of January 2012 in the obligation recent medical finding in attention to this prior year . All respective are disclosed to question the Social security Commissioner for the corresponding in detail posture exclaim in regulation opposition in the omission applied law regards to the possibility in counted consideration to pose the order in arrange court .

    • Snarky

      If English is your primary language, I suggest you take your meds.

  3. Aleta Joan Fleming

    I have not visited this web sight today. I have had my identy stolen and has been a real trial for me.

  4. Mahendra kumar Patel

    Having good faith and intention of the Social Security program though many few are able to enjoy and many others are entangled in poor health, debt, broken family and many more reasons to suffer, live poor life. We together find the way for them to cheer the rest of the life.

  5. Joe R Sweeney

    I set up an account for my wife on my social security.com. It was for Arline F. Sweeney and I wrote down all of the info. Now it won’t let me log back on. Do I set up a different account or do away with it and just use the mail !!

    • Snarky

      If you are not her representative payee, you should let her take care of her own business.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Just a friendly reminder, Joe. You can only create a my Social Security account using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You cannot create or use an account on behalf of another person, even if you have that person’s written permission.
      If your wife is still having trouble accessing her my Social Security account, she can call our dedicated my Social Security-Hotline for assistance.
      To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”, or contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  6. Melissa Hurd

    Hello. My name is Melissa Hurd. Ive been on SSI Disability since Nay 1995. Due to a massive stroke and other medical issues. Since then my health has gotten worse. Even though I’m 51 years old. Can I Apply and be approved for Social Security for people that are 51 years old and still receive my SSI Benefits. Please email me ( hurdmelissa50@gmail.com) Thank you so much for your time. And Have a very wonderful safe and a very GODLY BLESSED DAY and Holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Snarky

      Short answer, no, that’s why you’re on SSI. SSI rules say you have to apply for anything else you are entitled, SO when you applied, other benefits were covered.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hello Melissa. We pay disability benefits through two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
      The SSI program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
      When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), you must be “currently insured” or have worked long enough–and recently enough—under Social Security. See Insured Status Requirements for more information.
      If you have specific questions about your situation, 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.
      Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks!

  7. Dr. Joan Majers

    I was asked if I had made an appointment but how could I. The robo answering device tells you to come in. There is. No human to triage questions in the Xenia OH office

    • Snarky

      Well, go in then.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      We apologize for the inconvenience, Dr. Majers. We have referred your comment to our Operations staff to follow up and to take corrective action as necessary.
      Please keep in mind, that many of our services are conveniently available anytime at our website. We encourage our customers to create a my Social Security account. With a personal my Social Security account, you can get estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, review your earnings record and much more.
      We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  8. Kenneth Michael Christian

    Be it known that I got a couple of different jobs in the last three weeks! The first job was at Kathy Kaye Foods where I worked as a production person and I only worked two days at Kathy Kaye Foods, and I got transferred from that job to North Atlantic Imports by Intermountain Staffing who provided me with these jobs. I’m unemployed right now and I’m looking for another job where I can hopefully hold on to for a long time and not have to change jobs. As soon as I land another job, I’ll give you the information

    • Snarky

      Why are you posting this information on a public site? No one cares.

  9. Yoelette Shorter

    Good Afternoon; I would like to apply for my MEDICARE
    CARD, which I failed to request for soon after my
    birthdate this year. How can I obtain my card?

    • Snarky

      Call 800-7721213.

    • Ray Fernandez, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Yoelette. Individuals already receiving Social Security benefits, and becoming eligible for Medicare, are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). Generally, the Medicare card comes in the mail within three months before the month these individuals become entitled to Medicare benefits.
      Beneficiaries with a my Social Security account, can get a replacement card if their original card is lost or destroyed.
      We hope this information helps!

  10. James P Willis

    Thanks for the information.

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