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  • DO YOU NEED A NEW OR REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARD? WE'RE MAKING IT EASIER!

    Kylle McKinney|Feb 1, 2024

    DO YOU NEED A NEW OR REPLACEMENT SOCIAL SECURITY CARD? WE’RE MAKING IT EASIER! By Kylle’ D. McKinney Alabama Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you need a new or replacement Social Security card, we’ve got great news! You may be able to complete, or at least start, your application on our website – and, if necessary, use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment at a local office. Start your application Do you need to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) and card?...

  • THIS NEW YEAR – LEARN ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY

    Kylle McKinney|Jan 1, 2024

    Social Security programs touch the lives of more than 71 million people. We work hard to ensure critical benefits and other services are accessible to you. Consider the start of the new year as an opportunity for you to engage with Social Security online. This begins with creating your free and secure personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Once you create an account, you can: • Apply for retirement, spouses, or disability benefits. • Apply for Medicare. • Check your...

  • SSA TALKS: WILL SOCIAL SECURITY BE THERE WHEN I RETIRE?

    Kylle McKinney|Dec 1, 2023

    That’s the question we’re answering in the latest episode of our audio series, SSA Talks. Our Chief Actuary Steve Goss sheds light on our trust funds and how they relate to your future benefits. The 12-minute episode includes a fact sheet and transcript. The fact sheet provides more information about the trust funds and how much protection our benefits offer. We invite you to visit our SSA Talks page at www.ssa.gov/news/audio-series. html to listen and subscribe to receive alerts about...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY & RETIREMENT

    Kylle McKinney|Nov 1, 2023

    AT HOME OR ON THE GO: SOCIAL SECURITY IS ONLINE When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies— we are there when you need us. With your personal and secure my Social Security account, you can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere. Having a personal mySocial Security account allows you to: • Compare future benefit estimates for different dates or ages when you may want to begin receiving benefits. • Check the status...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) SERVICES IN MONTGOMERY

    Kylle McKinney|Oct 1, 2023

    HOW SSA.GOV HELPS YOU We’re excited to announce the addition of two helpful screening tools on SSA.gov! These tools are the Benefits Screener and the Card Replacement Screener. The Benefit Screener helps you determine your eligibility for benefits and the Card Replacement Screener helps you request a replacement Social Security card. Let’s go over how you can use these tools. Benefits Screener You can access the Benefits Screener tool at www.ssa.gov/prepare/check-eligibility-for-benefits to...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OF MONTGOMERY, AL

    Kylle McKinney|Sep 1, 2023

    ELDER ABUSE: COMBATING INJUSTICE: Elder abuse is the intentional mistreatment or harming of an older person. An older person is defined by the Social Security Act as someone over age 60. This abuse takes many forms – including physical, emotional, and sexual harm, neglect, and financial exploitation. More than 1 in 10 older adults experience some form of abuse each year. That number is likely much higher because elder abuse is often underreported– especially in underserved communities....

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) SERVICES IN MONTGOMERY

    Kylle McKinney|Aug 1, 2023

    CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS CLAIM ONLINE 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 at www.ssa.gov/myaccount to see the following information about your claim: • Date of filing. • Current claim location. • Scheduled hearing date and time. • Incomplete applications. ...

  • CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY

    Kylle McKinney|Jul 1, 2023

    Every July, we take pride in celebrating our nation’s independence. For nearly 90 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence to millions of hardworking people. We have useful online tools like the Social Security Statement (Statement) and our benefits estimator tool that help people not yet receiving benefits. The Statement shows the benefits that you and your family may be entitled to includes personalized fact sheets tailored to your age and earnings situation. The...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) SERVICES IN MONTGOMERY

    Kylle McKinney|Jun 1, 2023

    SOCIAL SECURITY SUPPORTS TEACHERS ONLINE CAREER Well-informed instructors can have a powerful and positive influence on their students. That’s why we created an Educator Toolkit. It’s a shareable online resource for teachers to engage students and educate them on Social Security. The toolkit includes: Lesson plans with objectives. • Infographics and handouts for each lesson plan. • Links to Social Security webpages. •. Talking points. • Quiz questions and answers. You can access the...

  • HOW WE PROTECT YOU FROM MISLEADING ADVERTISING AND COMMUNICATIONS

    Kylle McKinney|Apr 1, 2023

    Social Security works with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to protect you from scams that use Social Security as bait. Section 1140 of the Social Security Act allows OIG to impose severe penalties against anyone who engages in misleading Social Security-related advertising or imposter communications. You can review Section 1140 at www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title11/1140.htm. For example, the OIG may impose a penalty against anyone who: • Mails misleading solicitations that appear to...

  • THIS YEAR'S THEME IS A FINANCIALLY CONFIDENT YOU!

    Kylle McKinney|Feb 1, 2023

    HELP SOMEONE YOU LOVE APPLY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MORE This Valentine’s Day, take time to remind your loved ones that Social Security helps people in all stages of life. We provide easy and convenient ways to learn about and apply for benefits. Using our online services, you can assist friends and family members to: 1. Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Check if the person you are helping qualifies for SSI – and also apply – at www.ssa.gov/ssi. 2. Apply for Social Security...

  • SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (SSA) SERVICES IN MONTGOMERY

    Kylle McKinney|Dec 1, 2022

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY The holiday season brings us feelings of warmth and joy. At Social Security, we want you to know we share the same joy when it comes to serving you, whether it be in person, by telephone, or online. Our online services are available to help you do business with us in an easy, convenient, and secure way. It all starts with a personal my Social Security account. More than 70 million people have signed up for their personal account to conduct their business...

  • YOU CAN APPLY FOR MEDICARE ONLINE

    Kylle McKinney|Sep 1, 2022

    You can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits. Applying online is quick and easy. There are no forms to sign, and we usually do not require additional documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Knowing when to apply for Medicare is very important! You must apply during your limited initial enrollment period. If you’re eligible for Medicare at age 65, your initial enrollment period begins three...

  • Social Security Services

    Kylle McKinney|Aug 1, 2022

    Defend Against SCAMMERS WHO TARGET YOUR Social Security Benefits Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears. The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams and to ignore suspicious calls and emails. One common tactic scammers use is posing as federal agents or other law enforcement. They may claim your Social Security number is linked to a crime. They may even threaten to arrest you if you do not comply w...

  • At Home or On The Go: Social Security is Online

    Kylle McKinney|Nov 1, 2021

    When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies, we are there when you need us. You can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account. With your my Social Security account, you can: • Compare future benefit estimates for different dates or ages when you may want to begin receiving benefits. • Check the status of your benefits application or appeal. • Review your earnings...

  • New Online Service for Replacement Social Security Cards

    Kylle McKinney|Sep 1, 2020

    The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Alabama available through its my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that residents of Alabama can use the portal for many replacement Social Security number (SSN) card requests. This will allow people to replace their SSN card from the comfort of their home or office. “We are here to serve the public and this option...

  • A Redesigned Retirement Benefits Portal That Works for You

    Kylle McKinney|Aug 1, 2020

    We are excited to tell you about our redesigned retirement benefits portal at www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement. Keeping you informed about our products and services, and helping you prepare for making decisions that will affect your benefits is very important to us. Preparing for retirement is one of the most important decisions you can make.   Our website has helped millions of people get ready for and apply for retirement. But we heard your feedback that you also want to:   * Find the...

  • New Feature in 'My Social Security' Puts You in Control

    Kylle McKinney|Jul 1, 2020

    The future can be uncertain. However, Social Security’s new Advance Designation program can help put you in control of your benefits if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money. Advance Designation enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, whom you would like to serve as your potential representative payee. The following people may choose an Advance Designation: * Adults applying for benefits who do not have a representative payee. *...

  • Social Security Update

    Kylle McKinney|Jun 1, 2020

    During this time when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?” You can find the answer at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of our most popular online services. You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do much more. Our newest my Social Security feature, Advance Designation, enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, who you...

  • Social Security Update

    Kylle McKinney|May 1, 2020

    Social Security Honors OUR Military HEROES On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country. Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy. We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full measure of devotion.” The benefits we provide can help the families of military service members. For...

  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Kylle McKinney|Apr 1, 2020

    Social Security Benefits Will be Paid On Time Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to mainta...

  • Who Do I contact - social security or medicare?

    Kylle McKinney|Feb 1, 2020

    Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Medicare provides health insurance. Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help. The table on the pdf can help you quickly figure out where to go. Please share this table with family and friends....

  • EXPANDING Social Security Field Office Hours

    Kylle McKinney|Jan 1, 2020

    Beginning on January 8, 2020, field offices will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, with typical field office hours from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can locate the closest field office to you using our field office locator. In another move to improve service to the public, Commissioner Saul announced in his Open Letter to the Public at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/coss-message.html that the agency is hiring 1,100 front line employees to provide service on the a...

  • Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

    Kylle McKinney|Dec 1, 2019

    Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January. Nearly 69 million Americans will see a 1.6 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2020. Other changes...

  • Understanding Social Security Spouses' Benefits

    Kylle McKinney|Oct 1, 2019

    Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your retirement, here are a few things to remember: Your spouse’s benefit amount could be up to 50 percent of your spouse’s full retirement age amount, if you are full retirement age when you...

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