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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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Access Your Earnings History with my Social Security

September 7, 2023 • By

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It may have been years or even decades since you thought about how much you earned at your first job. Did you know that you can find out how much you made that first year? Or any year you worked? Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your future Social Security benefits. […]

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Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

August 31, 2023 • By

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Did you know you can do much of your business online with Social Security? This means no need to call or visit a local Social Security office. You can take your time completing our online applications and even save your progress to return to later. You can apply online for: Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits You […]

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Smart Social Security Strategies for Women

August 10, 2023 • By

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While many women plan to claim Social Security retirement benefits, they may not know about how various factors could impact their monthly payment. More women are working than ever before, but their average benefits are lower than those for men because women typically earn less over their lifetime. In addition, falling marriage rates mean fewer women […]

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How Helps You

July 20, 2023 • By

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve added two screening tools to our redesigned website! provides you with many ways to learn about our programs and do business with us online. These tools are designed to help you determine your eligibility for benefits and help you request a replacement Social Security card. Benefits Screener You […]

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