Social Security

The Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government agency providing financial protection for certain groups, such as seniors, veterans, disabled people, widows, widowers, and children. The Social Security Administration is usually where you go for an application to enroll in Medicare.

The Social Security Administration estimates that around 65 million people per month receive Social Security benefits, and around 180 million people pay Social Security taxes while working.

The Social Security Website

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The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration is There is a great deal of information there, and most of the management of your retirement, disability, and government health benefits can be done right on the website.
This includes:

  • Getting a Social Security card
  • Applying online for retirement or disability benefits
  • Applying online for Medicare
  • Managing Social Security statements, bills, and appeals
  • Requesting “Extra Help” to pay for your medications under Medicare Part D
  • Changing the name on your Social Security card (for example, when you get married).
  • Getting an estimate of your future SSA benefits.
  • Finding forms related to benefits.
  • Learning how to apply for survivor’s benefits when a spouse dies.

Social Security Offices

If you cannot resolve an issue on the website, you may need to visit an SSA office to resolve it in person. To find the SSA office nearest you, Check the Office Locator. to find the SSA office nearest you. It’s a good idea to speed things up by printing and filling out the necessary forms before you go. Visit the “Get a Form” section on Remember that once you file an application, you can check your application status online whenever you want.

You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 7PM. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778.

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