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Social Security has much to offer workers and retirees online

The Social Security Administration is reminding the public that many of the disability, retirement and survivor benefits agency’s functions can be easily accessed online. 

“There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve wondered, ‘Can I do this online instead of visiting a Social Security office?’” Assistant Deputy Commissioner Darlynda Bogle wrote recently on SSA’s website. “The answer is more than likely yes, and you can find more information about our online services on our website.”

“Online, you can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do much more,” she continued.

The official noted that the site divides up a whole range of informational online resources into four groupings—which makes for “easy navigation” of the site:

These four are: 

Review Your Information: You can access your secure, personal information and earnings history to make sure everything is correct.

Apply for Benefits. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits without having to visit a local Social Security office.

Manage Your Account. You can change your direct deposit information and your address, if you are receiving benefits, online.

Find Help and Answers. You can find answers to your most frequently asked questions, as well as links to publications and other informational websites.

In addition to gaining easy access online under these broad information groups, Bogle emphasizes that the agency offers many other personalized services via secure online access to individual SSA accounts, through the agency’s website. 

Here, you can access personalized information and services (such as card replacement, benefits estimates and others) linked to your “my Social Security account.” 

“This is a useful resource even if you are not receiving benefits,” she said.

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