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Monday September 23, 2002

Jim Courtney, Press Officer

For Immediate Release

410-965-8904 FAX 410-966-9973


Social Security Online

SOCIAL SECURITY

News Release

SOCIAL SECURITY LAUNCHES NEW WEB PAGE
FOR ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS

Recognizing the need for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to access timely, accurate information about Social Security, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has launched a new web page -- www.ssa.gov/aapi -- Social Security Online for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The site provides basic Social Security program information on retirement, survivors, disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

"The Social Security Administration serves a diverse population," said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security. "The agency will continue to develop and implement innovative technology that improves the services we deliver to the public."

This new site links to SSA’s Multi-Language Gateway, providing information in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Last year approximately 86,000 individuals requested services and information in an Asian language. The Asian American population in the United States, currently 4 percent of the U.S. population, is projected to grow to 9 percent by 2050.

In addition to benefit information, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders provides links to basic information throughout SSA’s official website, Social Security Online, such as how individuals can contact SSA, SSA’s interpreter service and information on business that can be conducted with SSA online. The site also offers links to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service, the Small Business Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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