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With Seven Days to Celebrate — Open Your my Social Security Account Today!

July 20, 2015 • By

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Smiling Couple Looking at LaptopWe’re turning 80 this year, and boy, are we proud! We’re proud of our history, and we proudly remain committed to serving America, especially our most vulnerable people, including retirees, children, and individuals with disabilities.

We’ll be celebrating this milestone by declaring July 19 through 25 as National my Social Security Week.

Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin is hosting an event on Capitol Hill Thursday to talk about the importance of our programs and to highlight the accomplishments of the past 80 years. Social Security has evolved with the times. For example, we no longer fill out Social Security cards by hand or typewriter. And, you no longer have to come to our office to apply for benefits.

You can join in the celebration by opening a free, personal my Social Security account giving you secure and immediate online access to your personal Social Security information.

my Social Security lets you view your Social Security Statement, verify your earnings, and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive based on your earnings.

Amid all these changes, one thing will remain the same – our relationship with you, our customers. Social Security touches the lives of nearly everyone from the issuing of your Social Security card at birth until death – and even after – when we provide benefits for your eligible survivors.

See what 80 years of experience has taught us? Don’t wait! Join the millions and discover the benefits of opening a personal my Social Security account today. Let the celebration continue!

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  1. David N.

    Congratulations ! Have been a member about 74 years of that 80 and proud of it. It’s a great program and invaluable to folks of all ages . Keep up the good work please .

    • Lorenzo D.

      Thank you David — we look forward to many more years of serving you in the future!

  2. Fran

    LIKE MEDIcare.

    • Kevin R.

      Is so unbelievably frustrating, and frustrating Does not come close to the unbelievable Difficulty a person with a mental disability (myself in this case) experiences throughout this ridiculous process of SSDI. I have done my best, doing everything that was requested I do whole heartedly respecting the SS institution with integrity and honesty.
      The system is flawed through and through its bias, it’s discriminatory, it is racist, it’s judgmental and it is definitely opinionated. I’ve jumped through every hoop as best as I could, crawled through every hole, bent over backwards more times than I can count just to be told that all of the years I was able to work and put into the system I have no right to. It has unbelievably worsend my mental state. I am so confused and no one realizes or simply does not care, the severity of all of this effects not only myself, but other people going through similar battles with the SSA for me it has come to the point where I am literally at my wits end, frayed ends of sanity, I am disgusted with the bureaucracy and corruption and greed and favoritism this system blatantly displays.
      *** I am consistently denied the help I so badly badly need. I don’t know what to do, literally. Does this “comment” I am leaving Sound like the words of a person who is able to go out and substantial gainful employment? are you kidding me! I not only provided everything SSa, Ssdi, SSi requested, I also provided additional facts to assist them- I “passed” with flying colors to what they require in terms of being disabled, above and beyond and still to this day am denied The help I have lowered myself to The point I beg for.
      Social Security attorneys? Hear this, All the way to the federal level, a civil suit in which my “attorney”, ordered me to pay him $500 on a pro bono case, totally screwed me over, he knew I had, nor do I have money, resulting in The civil federal hearing to never happen. I was blatantly misled so that I would miss dates (calendar days) and the case was never addressed.
      Prior to that there was a hearing with and ALJ, I don’t understand, my psychiatrists Report or testimony, which they requested was thrown out by the all the ALJ, he throughout my testimony or report as well,
      ( i’m not educated in the law but I do not believe that is even legal). This ALJ, Who is too old to even be sitting up on the bench, definetly lived durring the time when the lack of civil rights were finally getting the attention they deserved, grilled me as if I had done somthing wrong? Or as if it was a criminal court in writing or something? This went on for well over an hour, which is exceedingly for too long for a hearing to last. He spoke down to me as if I were a criminal and questioned about things that did not pertain to the hearing? So he did all this only to throw it out? The “attorney” that was allegedly representing me did not say one word throughout the whole hearing, I don’t understand why she didn’t speak up and help me. I had never met her before, except for the two minutes before the hearing- This law firm completely immorally and unlawfully miss represented me as well as advised me to give false testimony to the SSA, Anyone can read the report from the hearing and see How the ALJ obviously used a discriminatory, antique belief of bias from the 1940’s +, ATTENTION! people genuinely suffer from mental disorders, and eventually lose their minds. Which is the fast track I am on right now if it’s not obvious. He should not still be behind the bench, *** The ALJ’s Job description entails assisting me throughout the hearing he is supposed to help me as stated in the literature of the SSA. I apologize I didn’t mean to ramble on like this but I have no outlets and no one to talk to. I started out this short story with how my frustration is immeasurable I have no outlet I have no money, never have I comprehended or fully understood what financial hardship truly is, how it affects people, I’ve always worked always had money and now, to have absolutely none, THATS ZERO, more over to be in the negative, completely in debt, with no hope of ever getting out in Leiu of this corrupt institution, without a home, without a vehicle, with no one and nowhere to turn to what am I supposed to do? if I could cry I would, I wish something would take away this anguish that never goes away and is so debilitating effecting my health, my blood pressure is going up my, mental state is diminishing, both quickly. I can’t handle this! I am an honest person, a child of Christ, I have no criminal history whatsoever a law abiding citizen who always played by the rules, this is the way I’m treated? When I am in dire need of assistance I was promised, and it’s dangled in front of my face and I have every right to it as much as every other American citizen who has paid into it and then denied. Oh that leads me to:
      • There are illegal aliens Who have SSDI or SSI? What is going on? Are you kidding me, really? Social security administration: do you have any clue how difficult this is on taxpaying citizens moreover people in my position how humiliating how degrading to be stripped of your citizenship and placed behind human beings who should not even be in this country! What is going on? Are you kidding me, really? I’m not going to be on earth much longer because this is no way to live and it’s no way to be treated by the government I grew up believing in, trusted and supported, it’s just disgusting it’s horrible and I can’t take it any longer, i’m not going to kill myself but I truly don’t see any reason to live. Can you see how confusing this is for me? I don’t know what to do. If anyone took the time to read all this I thank you and for those of you who can relate to what I just testified to, I pray for you. Know that you’re not alone I know how you feel, ignored, like a burden, unwanted and not just alone but literally alone.
      Oh, And with a Social Security administration so deeply flawed they have the nerve to celebrate?
      This is absolute torture and I mean torture, anguish, humiliating, embarrassing, stripped of all self worth- dignity- pride and belief in this country. no one should have to go through this.
      Is this not pathetic? I am so humiliated but with no dignity no self-worth, this message will be ignored just as every other request I’ve had to make for assistance.
      Pat yourselves on the back SSA, you’re doing a great job! congratulate each other tell each other how wonderful you are and what great things you do for this country and it’s citizens/taxpayers, you live in a dream! You and are cold and heartless. how do you sleep at night? how do you look in the mirror and have any respect for yourself when you completely ignore cries for help? you are not doing what was outlined in your job description: helping people.

      • HunterSThompson

        You seem to type mighty well, im looking for a secretary, interested ?

        • Connie C.

          Hunter that comment to Kevin was rude! I am so sick of self righteous individuals judging without knowing a thing about an individual.

  3. francois a.

    as americans why auh American university hospital in Beirut/Lebanon do not introduce a program to sick American people like American medicare with the same procedure. ? and other complete rules ?



    • Lorenzo D.

      Hi Krishan. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments are only made to people who become disabled prior to reaching their full retirement age. If a person who is age 85 receives retirement benefits, they are already receiving the highest amount they are due from Social Security. However, if the person is not receiving retirement benefits, they may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSI is a needs-based program that pays benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older.

      • Rose A.

        Applied over a year ago, got denied and am one of the million people waiting for a judge and date for hearing. Hope the new people in charge can get to me soon. Getting evicted August 16th. Have no where to go. Philly has no available women’s shelters. No waiting lists anymore either.

        • Lorenzo D.

          Rose, we are very sorry to hear your application for disability benefits did not go the way you had hoped. We will send you a notice telling you the date, time, and place of the hearing at least 20 days prior to it. The amount of time to receive a decision after a hearing varies from case to case. We attempt to schedule all hearings promptly but there may be delays due to the volume of pending appeals. Our hearing and appeals publication can help explain when you might expect a decision.

          Also, keep in mind you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services or welfare office.

  5. Isaac G.

    Additional information requested…..

  6. Dolly Y.

    Won’t open an account until assured of the security.

    • Dick P.

      You know it’s safe, since every government employee had their ID hacked last month!

    • Lorenzo D.

      Hi Dolly, you are right to be careful what information you share online. Our my Social Security account application, uses an identity verification process to protect the privacy of your identity and your Social Security information.

  7. Kathleen S.

    You accept that the responsibility to properly protect …. You agree that Social Security is not responsible for the improper disclosure of any information that Social Security has provided to you, whether due to your own negligence or the wrongful acts of others -With identity theft of information by hackers here and in CHINA I will not agree to allow Social Security NOT to be responsible to protect my information! I think you need to change the wording ! It sounds like SS does not have to protect my information.

  8. James T.

    I have tried to open a ‘My Social Security’ account a few times but, after entering all of my information, it tells me that it cannot create the account. Maybe I’ve been hacked.

    • Lorenzo D.

      James, if you are having difficulty creating a my Social Security account, please call 1-800-772-1213. After you hear “Briefly tell me why you are calling,” please say “Help Desk.”

      • Carlos B.

        I have the same problem, can not create an account, called the 800 number and spoke to a representative that can not help because can not access information to see what is wrong.
        I suspect is the “first name” and “middle initial” that has to be exactly as in the SS Card, in my case my SS Card does not has a Middle initial has a middle name, then its not exactly as in the SS Card. THIS MAY BE THE PROBLEM?

  9. LT

    How secure is this site? I worry about hackers.

    • Lorenzo D.

      Thank you for visiting our blog. We take protecting the public’s personal information very seriously, and our my Social Security account application is a secure site. We use an identity verification process to protect the privacy of your identity and your Social Security information. You will need to provide some personal information and answer some questions only you are likely to know. This process protects you and keeps your information private. There are extra security features, too. You can have unique text message codes sent to your cell phone each time you want to sign in. There is even an address bar at the top of your screen indicating the website has an extended validation certificate. This means the information you provide to Social Security will be encrypted and that the website has been verified by a certification authority.

    • Connie C.

      I have been in and out of my registered mysocialsecurity site and it is very secure. I have had it since 2013.

  10. Sheila B.

    Wow, Great information , Now I can track my path to retirement. Great Idea

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