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Take Control with Social Security Online

January 6, 2022 • By

We continue to add more services you can access through your secure my Social Security account. Use your personal my Social Security account to check your Social Security record and complete your business conveniently and securely from home or on the go. If you do not currently receive benefits, you can: Request a replacement Social Security […]

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Social Security Survivors Benefits Explained

December 16, 2021 • By

We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors’ benefits. These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. The amount of benefits your survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings. The higher […]

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Veterans and Active Duty Military Members: Social Security Has Your Back!

November 10, 2021 • By

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country. Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries. If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know […]

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5 Ways to Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

September 16, 2021 • By

We continue to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits. Our website offers a convenient way to apply for benefits online. You can apply online for: Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months in age and want your benefits to start in no […]

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You and Your Family May Be Eligible for Increased Benefits

September 9, 2021 • By

We know your circumstances may change after you apply—or become eligible—for benefits. If you, or a family member, receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes could entitle you to an increase in your benefit amount. As part of our Potential Entitlement initiative, we want to help you identify where you might […]

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How to Change Your Second Factor Authentication for Your Personal my Social Security Account

September 2, 2021 • By

This is part three of our three-part blog series, “my Social Security 101.” Miss the first two blogs? You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. Did you recently get a new cell phone number or email address? If you did, you will need to update your personal my Social Security account to reflect […]

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New Online Options to Repay Overpayments

August 26, 2021 • By

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve expanded the online options for you to repay overpayments. If you have an overpayment debt, you may be eligible to make a full or partial payment using or your bank’s online bill pay option. is a secure online service provided by the Department of the Treasury. Only […]

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Disagree with Your Disability Decision? We Will Take Another Look

July 29, 2021 • By

Social Security is here to help millions of people secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection. We continue to protect the integrity of our disability programs by ensuring we make the correct decision on each claim. However, if you disagree with our decision on your claim, you can ask us to review […]

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Helpful Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits

July 22, 2021 • By

When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a lifeline for you and your family. Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes. If your working years are cut short by a severe and lasting illness […]

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Check the Status of Your Social Security Benefits Claim Online

July 15, 2021 • By

If you applied for Social Security benefits, or have a pending reconsideration or hearing request, you can check the status online using your free personal my Social Security account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one to see the following information about your claim: Date of filing. Current claim location. Scheduled hearing […]

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