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Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer

June 4, 2018 • By

In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observed National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, […]

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Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

May 28, 2018 • By

On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. […]

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Rise and Fall in Cases Pending an Administrative Law Judge Hearing: New Actuarial Study

May 24, 2018 • By

The “great recession” that began at the end of 2007 contributed to a rise in initial applications for Social Security disability benefits that peaked in 2010. This surge in initial applications led to a similar rise in appeals for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Because the surge in appeals for a hearing […]

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Three Things You Need to Know about Seasonal Work and Social Security

December 4, 2017 • By

Right after Halloween, stores and businesses begin advertising that they’re looking for seasonal workers. It’s a good way to make extra income during the busy holiday season. We know you may have some questions about seasonal work and how it affects your work record. Social Security is here to answer your top three questions about […]

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Shining a Light on Those Who Provide Dementia Care

November 27, 2017 • By

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll, not just on those with the disease, but on their families. The effects of this disease, emotional as well as financial, are felt by many in our society. Caring for relatives suffering from this debilitating condition is truly a labor of love, and unfortunately, comes with high costs. This month, […]

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Knowing where you stand now with Social Security will pay off

March 23, 2017 • By

For most people, Social Security is a mystery. We see that 6.2 percent deduction on our pay stubs and wonder: What does it mean for my financial future? The answers: A lot. And not enough. After tax season, take a few minutes to go online and read your Social Security statement. Even if your retirement […]

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Prepare for your disability interview: tips from Social Security

February 23, 2017 • By

When a person becomes disabled, it can be a very stressful time in their life. There are many questions and unknowns when you have to transition out of the workforce due to medical issues. While an employer may offer short or long-term disability, most people faced with a disability will file for benefits with Social […]

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There’s Plenty You Should Know About Social Security Disability Benefits!

January 19, 2017 • By

Life is unpredictable. When something interrupts your plans, it’s good to know there’s a way to supplement your income, in case of an unexpected life event. Social Security has a strict definition of disability based on your inability to work and provide for yourself and your family. Disability benefits are available only to people with […]

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Celebrating Those Who Provide Care

December 21, 2016 • By

November was National Family Caregivers Month. In his Presidential Proclamation in celebration of caregivers, President Obama reminds us that our great nation was founded on the ideal that we all do better when we look out for one another. For millions of Americans, this concept is more than an ideal. It’s a day-to-day reality.

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Keeping our Disability Programs Updated

December 15, 2016 • By

As we continue to reflect on the 60th anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) this year, it’s worth noting some of the ways the program has evolved over time. A lot has changed since DI started in 1956! We continuously work to ensure our programs keep pace with rapid changes in medical care, healthcare […]

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