Working Together for the Common Good

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Social Security emerged from the Great Depression to promote the economic security of our nation’s people. It provides security and peace of mind for America’s workers and their families. Social Security helps protect families against loss of income when the unexpected happens, such as a disability or the loss of a loved one.

On May 1 – 8, the Social Security Administration will celebrate a special week of action by joining forces with faith-based and community groups across the country to increase awareness about the agency’s programs and services. This year’s campaign theme is “Shining a Light on Your Lifetime Protections.” The goal is to increase knowledge about tools that could change lives for the better and set them on a sound financial course.

We invite you to participate in this effort.  You can learn about your current and future Social Security benefits by creating a free my Social Security account. Easy, convenient and secure, a personal my Social Security account is the best way to accomplish a multitude of Social Security tasks online. This special week is also an excellent opportunity to tell people about myRA, the exciting new starter retirement savings plan for earners without access to a retirement plan at work.  Visit the campaign website to learn how you can help spread the message about securing today and tomorrow.

We would like to thank faith and community groups for all they do to care for their neighbors and promote their well-being.  We look forward to continuing to work with you in the days ahead.


74 thoughts on “Working Together for the Common Good

  1. A special week of action needs to be provided to getting claims reviewed and processed timely. This is an incredibly difficult system to navigate. I don’t believe the founders of the program would be proud of how the people it was designed to protect are treated.

    • Review the reviewers. Too slow for anyone to be alive when they are approved. Disability is money employees put into a broken system and not given to them when they are in dire need. Miss-handling paper work and being slow in getting them what they have been promised and paid for is a travasty. What if the government delayed all White House employees payroll for 6 months? Do you think the government would step in and immediately fix the problem like they should. Seems there is a great amount of discrimination in the processing of Socila Security Disability payments due to the Americans that paid into our democratic system.

      • You get the government you voted for based on who you sent to Congress. Too many want to be libertarians with government benefits. When your Congressman cuts government because that is what a billionaire contributor wants, you should not be surprised that services get worse. Voting has consequences. Stop voting against your own interests and for the agendas of the 1% and those with inflated political power. You can reclaim your own democracy or you can complain. Your choice.

    • Answer is a dedicated, knowledgeable Advocate who completes medical record.and.residual functional capacity analysis and expertise in writing briefs,.longitudinal summary to ensure the accurate onset date. Some file case and don’t do analysis at beginning of case initial level or present argument at appeal level.

    • By SSA reports only 28% of those who initially apply for SSD and SSI are approved. 72% are initially denied. That says SSA exists to create cash flow for congress and money for its employees but virtually zero aid to actually disabled people

      • Amen. The system is more than broken. I have had cancer for over 2 years. The only benifits I receive is $194.00 per month for food stamps and a medical insurance that doesn’t psy for the cancer drugs I need…. I lost my 20 year career, my home and every other asset I had waiting for help. I now live in the desert primitive camping. Its been 7 months now and it is really greeting hot here. Were do I go from here, no money, no medical and now heading for 100 degree plus tempeture. Anyone have any suggestions. I’m lostband dying with no help from the government. The cancer isn’t going to kill me, the not eating and the high heat will finish me off and they will get to keep all the money I paid in for well over 30 years.
        Doomed in Arizona
        If anyone has any suggestions email me at lisabrumley7 as I’m desperate.

  2. Give me a break. You take my money for forty five years and you can’t give me the return on my money that 1% compounded would give me at the end of that time. Then you take the money and spend it on welfare and other programs that benefit people who don’t pay into the system. After all of that you tell me that it is going broke. When did the government ever do anything well enough to support the taxpayers who wind up bailing out the governments incompetent behavior.

      • I feel the same way . I took a early retirement 2ys ago because of health concerns. Was denied disability prior to that because I earned more then $900 a month . Over 30 yrs I paid into the system now I receive a fourth of what I earned . Yet they invested and earned interested on your money. Legal thieves !!!

      • cant reply to all–et all: -but last comment by FB ashplant was very well said!!! I actually couldn’t say it
        better ! kuddos!

    • Yeah so true. And spend it like it was theirs to spend. Three years with no increase when prices rise. There is no just treatment and no favors. Our government is pathetic.

      • Actual its bern 9 years since raisr & inflation gone up 14%. They don’t let us have a living income but they can vote themselves a raise any time. That’s why we neex Sanders for Predident. By the way every president since Regan has tsken money out of SS to fund their projects. Yhe government owes SS all a lot of money

        • The sad part u can’t find cheap rent. Thank god Roosevelt formed it, where would the baby boomer be today? lets hope they save it

    • You are looking at the retirement aspect only. SS provides insurance for families if the breadwinner dies. And for that you’d never be able to afford the premiums. Further, there are no investments that will guarantee a return each year. And the SS contributions were not spent on welfare programs. What was contributed is backed by Treasury Notes. Less than 2% is spent on administrative costs. No other government program is that efficient.

      • I think any president, senator or representative that voted to use social security funds for non social security uses, should have their wages garnished for the amount they voted to allow, times the cost of living adjustment for each year since their vote resulted in funds taken for social security. When garnished the funds received should be returned to a “locked box” in which all social security funds are placed at an annuity interest rate for future years. That would sustain the Social Security retirement fund for many years to come. Then do the same for Medicare using the percentage of increase in shared responsibility… IE co-pay…that should save Medicare.

      • Fixed annuities have guaranteed returns by the bonds, insurance companies and state funds! Chile and 3 Texas counties have been doing so much better than this bankrupt Govt Ponzi scheme.
        Obama’s party lashes out when even partial privatization is brought up.

        But taking retirement out of government’s hands works. It has worked in Chile. It has worked in Britain. It’s worked, as well, in Texas, where in 1981, Galveston County employees voted 78% to 22% to opt out of the Social Security system and put their trust in a private retirement plan. Brazoria and Matagorda counties followed Galveston out of Social Security before Congress outlawed in 1983 the option of leaving Social Security.

      • Well if this is the case how come very few are receiving benefits. Why are we out on hold for literally hours only to be told some stupid bull shit. Hang up the phone call back wait for hours then get a different story the sane day? Call another office terminal hold and get a completely different answer? I feel the employees get Bonus for denieing us. I have had cancer for over 2 years. Cannot get approved I see it as a legal way for the government to Rob You. They hope you will give up and move on or die. My case will be to die. Will anyone hold them accountable NO!!!! I wish everyone of the employees gets a life treating illness and I hope they get treated just like us. Sit and wait to die. So so sad when the government is taking care of people in others countries but they can’t take care of there own… We have paid into this but there is no return on our investment. Its a crying shame were dying and Absolutely No Help….

    • Exactly now how are we going to get the government to believe we know what they are really doing and get them to stop taking advantage of us like we are idiots.

    • see
      Obama’s party lashes out when even partial privatization is brought up.

      But taking retirement out of government’s hands works. It has worked in Chile. It has worked in Britain. It’s worked, as well, in Texas, where in 1981, Galveston County employees voted 78% to 22% to opt out of the Social Security system and put their trust in a private retirement plan. Brazoria and Matagorda counties followed Galveston out of Social Security before Congress outlawed in 1983 the option of leaving Social Security.

    • You forgot something. They take your money, keep it for years, spend it on everything, give it back to you and then – YOU HAVE TO PAY INCOME TAX ON YOUR OWN MONEY THEY GIVE YOU BACK.

      • Easy if everyone stops paying there taxes and the governments income has been cut off then maybe they will listen. And I think were royally screwed because everyone is afraid of the government. It will be a cold day in Hell before I ever file a tax return again and I told them that in 2005. Never Never Again. Sure wish you folks would put on your big boy pants and do the same. I Hate The Government and I Have No Shame in Telling Stand Up America.

  3. I work with disabled people at the Michigan Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Many of them receive some type of Social Security disability benefits, and most of them are lacking any or any clear and correct understanding about Social Security’s work rules for the disabled. Social Security’s focus seems to be mainly on helping people become entitled to benefits – taking their applications for benefits and processing them. Very little attention seems to be paid to post-entitlement issues, such as what happens to benefits when a person receiving disability goes to work. As a result, beneficiaries get into trouble with overpayments and benefit suspensions and terminations. I’d like to propose that Social Security offices conduct monthly group sessions for newly entitled disabled persons in which beneficiaries can be taught the complex sets of work rules they need to know about. Many beneficiaries do not even try to go to work because they believe working at all will jeopardize their entitlement. How about a new work incentive, in which public education about Social Security disability programs and the work rules can help to remove many of the myths and misunderstandings that exist? Social Security offices have meeting spaces that can be used once a month to invite the public to learn more about Social Security and, in particular, the troublesome work rules for the disabled. Such an open door approach might go very far to reduce overpayments and fraud, and to encourage beneficiaries to try to work within the rules, once they comprehend what the rules are.

    • I’ve been on disability for almost five years. I can’t believe you are saying what you’ve said regarding working while on disability. The rules are constantly talked about in their posts. They clearly state the policies and programs for going back to work. You just think they should cater to your needs only. Go down to your local Social Security office and get the proper information.

    • Thank you for your feedback George, we value your thoughts and suggestions as we look for ways to improve the services we offer.
      Special rules make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive their benefits. Social Security calls these rules “work incentives“. Also, our “Ticket to Work” program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals receiving disability benefits should read our publication Working While Disabled – How We Can Help for more information. Thank you for helping us spread the word!

    • Good luck with that thought… Actually provide us with useful information. That would be like Satan turning back to God.

  4. The death benefit needs to be reviewed, I recently had a sister pass away, she was only 50 and had worked over 20 years was coming up on retirement with her employment which she will never see now, her husband and daughter are left with bills to pay, she was a cancer patient, she was the main income in the household, the husband can not touch the retirement or draw SSI until he is retirement age which he is 52, and the death benefit paid out is a measly 255.00 why has this not been changed, to reflect or be more in line with what costs are now. Cancer devastes a family no matter how little or how long you have it or recover from it. There is no means out there to actually help the survivors of cancer patients to meet the basic needs or funeral costs at the end. This needs to be addressed, and benefits should be able to be drawn if a person passes away in their 50’s if they have worked for the past 10 years and paid into the system.

    • If SS were to pay tens of thousands for every cancer patient or $10,000. to start for a death benefit for everyone instead of benefits for the living, it would have gone bankrupt decades ago!

    • Disabled widowers are entitled at age 50 and children through the age of 18+. In any insurance program some do not fare as well as others. That is the nature of insurance, it’s spreading the risk.

  5. If she was 50 she should have worked more than 30 years of credits into the system at that age, and if she was the main breadwinner, she should have been putting into a retirement account that should have gone to her heirs as well, don’t feel entitled. She should have been saving for her future from the time she should have started earning those 30 + years ago, then that would go to her spouse in most states. If you want to feel entitled you should feel entitled to what she saved and if she saved nothing, that is what you are entitled to.


    The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships needs to convene at
    least twenty-five to fifty of the largest inner city churches in America to meet at the White House prior to the 2016 Presidential Election this November. At least three grassroots advocate (s) with connections with churches, local government, and public schools should formal a panel that would address the anti-poverty concerns of parents who are members of neighborhood congregations that are having extreme difficulty in outreaching to the SSA and having to face obstacles of:
    1.) Work Incentive Initiatives; 2) Insufficient SSI/SSDI Monthly Payments; and (3) Failures of the SOAR Program for the Homeless.

  7. I have been begging for my SSID. I have been to court date after court date. I have a nerve disorder on my right side and take a lot of mediation that helps me have as good of a functioning life as I can have. Please let this HELP. Please

  8. Can anyone help me….my husband spent his entire life in the USA.,from age 3 on. He was born in Mexico his dad was is citizen. Both his mom and dad received social security and Medicare. Now he is 65 wants to retire and is told he does not have a legal status. He has lived his whole life as a citizen. Voted, has a social security card, registered for the draft 1968, paid taxes, homeowner, no criminal record. Now they say he has no status. We keep providing documents but they say no…not good enough. Help…lawyers fees $5000 just to get a retainer. Ridicules!

    • Hi Mary. Proof of age, citizenship, and in some cases legal immigration status is generally required to establish payment of Social Security benefits. Please continue working with our agents, as they may be able to assist your husband further to obtain the proper documents needed to file for benefits.


  10. I think it stinks that no COL increase will be paid this year. This is not an area to hold out on. Those of us that have paid into the program for so many years should get an increase EVERY year. Simply put, we NEED it! Let’s not forget we are “voters” as well. My SSDI should be protected.

  11. Seems like this is a post for people to carp at the SS programs. SSDI is the most abused system we have in Govt. Fakers and lazy people coming up with any illness no matter how non serious to try and bilk the system. I see it day in and day out. People in their 20’s and 30’s on Medicaid and disability for what? Depression? Nothing is more depressing than not being productive and useful. Have a problem being around people….SSDI, have a problem with your back(who doesn’t?) SSDI, drink too much, SSDI, good God folks if you are truly disabled with no hope of being productive then we should help. If it is a matter of just not feeling like working and let the stiffs that do, pay for everything then people should be ashamed. It should be there for truly, severely, disabled people not the lazy or who say they can not work because of pain. Pain is a part of life and gets worse as we age, but giving up and staying home to live off the Govt. is not the answer.

  12. If you need 1 credit, which I think is 1280$ to go over to SSDI, where you can get your Medicare, does anyone know anything about this, I’m on SSI, and need to be on Medicare, any information would be appreciated, Thanks…

    • Thank you for your question Eddie. Credits are the “building blocks” we use to find out whether you have the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefits. In the year 2016, you must earn $1,260 in covered earnings to get one Social Security or Medicare work credit and $5,040 to get the maximum four credits for the year. When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), you must be “currently insured” or have worked long enough–and recently enough—under Social Security. See Insured Status Requirements for more information. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thanks!

  13. I called SS last week got tossed to 4 different people then disconnected 2 times finally I got for them to return my Call did that 2 times! I wanted to find out why for March & April there was no check deposited in my account / gave my info 2 times then they hung up on me! What the Hell !! I ‘ m on a fixed income trying to hold my head above water & I ‘m also handicapped! Forget about everyone out of the U.S. Worry about us here. I live in Minnesota!!! I want English spoken to me! My dad passed in December & they S.S. Had
    No problem stopping his check he was 94 WW 2 Vet & was in great shape but his heart gave out! I ‘m the only child & my mom passed in 2000. So everything is on my shoulders! But others have no problems with their checks, I know many that shouldn’t even get a check forgery & dishonest information when completing the forms but oh yes they get $$$ no problem! Here I am still no check & all my information that I gave is true & honest, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!’nmbnnnnnnn

    was no SS

  14. SSA robs the poor and gives it to”you know who” ! Also, the gov’t. taxes the ss – our money a second time . What injustices ! We need a Republican Admin.; at least they won’t give the $ to the muslims.

  15. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else encountering problems with your website. It looks like some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too? This may be a issue with my web browser because I’ve had this happen before. Appreciate it

  16. I guess I missed it in my church, or they weren’t involved. Oh well. Anyway, I think it is great to work with the community to make them aware of what social security is for and does. I know a couple people who have had to use it, and it is not fun to be totally dependent on the government. However, it is a necessary thing and I am glad that it is available.

  17. Where do I find an ADVOCATE to take my Disability Case as I am just about to start the process, which I have heard not one good thing, about.
    If you have used an Advocate let me know what you think and how are they paid? I hear they are compensated via the SSA? Thanks for any an all comments

    Jeffery H. Wanamaker e mail

  18. I’ve been on Social Security Disability since 2009. I’m sure that the money that I put into Social Security was reduced by 33%. I did not have a choice to going on Social Security Disability as I was the victim of a drunk having a sofa fall on my neck and crushing the disc’s in my surgery. I’m now fused both anterior and postera and by the Grace of God, I wasn’t paralysed. In 2015. I had a nasty fall and broke my right lumbar in half, which makes it very hard for me to walk.
    I don’t know what your taking about my Social Security Card being changed to something else. I’m already in a faith based partnership with my church. I struggle each month to pay all of my bills each month and all Social Security Members were denied a raise for 2016, they cited Gas Prices, I like others do not drive anymore and I personally feel that this was a Feeble Decision and wish that the Senators and Congressmen that we elect to represent us would look into the cost of Food which has is more than 33% or more before the feeble reason that was used. I may be disabled, however that does not mean that I don’t have good sense. We all need Social Security to fight for our benefits and raises as Our Country is Not being fare to us.

  19. I was on Social Security Disability from 2000 till I turned 65 and was changed over to regular SS. I do not know why since my physical condition is even worse today in 2016?

    • Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Full retirement age (also called “normal retirement age”) had been 65 for many years. However, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age gradually increases until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959.
      If a person has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, they will not be eligible for disability benefits. We hope this helps

  20. I have P.T.S.D. and my common law spouse died over a year ago. I’m devastated by their death. They were the soul bread winner of the house. I’m living in shelters and on friends couches. Even in a tent outside. Can I receive disability benefits for my spouse dying? If so how do I go about applying? Thank you!

    • Thank you for contacting us, Jared. The Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. However, if a person thinks that he or she meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability benefits as soon as they become disabled. You can apply online. Please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” web page on disability, for more information.
      You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Also, some individuals may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they 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 office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this information helps!

  21. How does retirement affect my SSD benefits? With 32 years of working and 5 years on SSD will it decrease once I retire at 66 years of age?

    • Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same.

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