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Social Security’s Commitment to the LGBTQI+ Community

June 7, 2024 • By

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June is Pride Month. It’s a time to acknowledge the LGBTQI+ community and also celebrate diversity, love, and respect. We recognize same-sex marriages in all states, as well as some nonmarital legal relationships (such as some civil unions and domestic partnerships). This recognition is important to determine entitlement to benefits. Here are a few things […]

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Structurally Disabled: A Qualitative Study of Structural Contributors to Disability

May 29, 2024 • By

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In 1935, Social Security was born of an intention to provide economic security for the people of the United States. Even then, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins noted that the first iteration of Social Security would not be complete. Social Security has been amended multiple times over the years to improve the program and extend […]

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How Connecting to Benefits Programs Can Save You Money 

May 16, 2024 • By

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The cost of aging in America is on the rise. Social Security provides retirees with a stable income. Unfortunately, it’s not always enough to cover the costs of health care, food, housing, and utilities. When the cost of living rises faster than your income, it can be difficult to make ends meet in retirement.  A […]

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Representative Payees Help You Manage Your Social Security

April 25, 2024 • By

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Some people who receive monthly Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments may need help managing their money. When we receive information that indicates you need help, we’ll work with you to find the most suitable representative payee to manage your benefits. A representative payee is someone who receives your monthly benefit payment […]

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Social Security to Remove Barriers to Accessing SSI Payments 

March 27, 2024 • By

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Today, the Social Security Administration published a final rule, “Omitting Food from In-Kind Support and Maintenance (ISM) Calculations.” The final rule announces the first of several updates to the agency’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) regulations that will help people receiving and applying for SSI. “A vital part of our mission is helping people access crucial […]

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How We Serve People Who Have Limited English Proficiency

January 4, 2024 • By

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We have resources in many languages to help people with limited English proficiency (LEP). By addressing language and other barriers, we can help more people access Social Security programs, services, and benefits. Our free interpreter services are available to people who prefer to conduct business in a language other than English. We offer interpreters in […]

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Poverty Data Shows Why Social Security Matters to Women and People of Color

December 7, 2023 • By

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In September, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty data showing a historic increase in poverty rates in 2022 as measured by the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which takes into account the value of noncash public benefits. The surge in poverty rates reflects the expiration of pandemic relief – like stimulus payments, expanded refundable tax […]

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Social Security is Thankful to Serve You

November 22, 2023 • By

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings we have in our lives and to share memories with our loved ones. We are thankful because we can provide you and your family with services, benefits, tools, and information to help you throughout life’s journey. Social Security is more than just a retirement program. We […]

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Prioritizing Mental Health for Our Veterans

October 5, 2023 • By

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Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being — it’s integral to our happiness. Mental health issues can significantly impact a person’s quality of life by making it difficult to work, maintain relationships, and enjoy activities that they love. For our nation’s veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, these effects […]

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Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

September 18, 2023 • By

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We strive to deliver great customer service and helpful information to everyone, including people who are more comfortable reading and speaking Spanish. Our Spanish-language website provides information about our programs and services. You can learn how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, and much more. You can also learn […]

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