We understand that not everyone uses the same social media channels for sharing information. In this page, we highlight some of the messages we have shared with our Facebook fans and Pinterest followers.


Keep your Social Security Number secure!

Giving your Social Security number to a business is voluntary, even when asked for it directly.

If requested, ask why your number is needed, how it will be used, what law requires you to give it, and what the consequences are if you refuse. Keep in mind, if you decide to not provide your SSN, the business may not provide the service.

For more information, read our publication “Your Social Security Number And Card” online.


Real people speak about Social Security

I applied online [for retirement benefits]…the money I will receive is from 46 years of working…I’ve earned it and I deserve it!” - Jane


Hanging out online?

Hanging out online? Swing on over to our online services page and check out all the things you can do from the comfort of your habitat.


You can do so much online with your free "my Social Security"account!

Every 6 seconds, someone creates a my Social Security account!

Why is it so popular? Because you can do so much with your personalized online account.

If you currently receive benefits, you can:

• Get an instant benefit verification letter;

• Change your address and phone number; and

• Start or change direct deposit of your benefits.


If you are not receiving benefits, you can:

• Check the accuracy of your earnings record; and

• Get estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.


Have you created a #my Social Security account? What are you waiting for? Your 6 seconds start now!


Women’s Equality Day

This Women’s Equality Day, share our publication “What Every Woman Should Know.”

It talks about the facts that women live longer than men and that more women today work, pay Social Security taxes and earn credit toward retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. It also describes tough choices that some women are faced with such as leaving the workforce to care for a child, spouse, or parent.

Share this post with the women in your life. Invite them to visit our online publication and other valuable information.


You can appeal a decision

Q: I don’t agree with the decision reached to deny my claim for disability benefits. Can I appeal it?

A: Yes. If you recently applied for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and were denied for medical reasons, you may request an appeal online using our Internet appeal application.


What's your #Someday?

Someday, I’ll ride cross-country on a Harley like my grandparents did!”

We can help you prepare for that retirement cross-country road trip. By creating a my Social Security account today, you can view an estimate of your future Social Security benefits and start your financial planning for that #Someday.

Planning for retirement starts now, during your working years. So, what’s your #Someday?


Real people speak about Social Security

“It's for real. I setup a my Social Security account a month ago and have benefited greatly through services online. Time saving is only one benefit.” – Hoover


Entering a nursing home/hospital and SSI

Generally, if you enter a nursing home or hospital (or other medical facility) where Medicaid pays for more than 50% of your costs, your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit is limited to $30 a month.


If you receive SSI, you may qualify for other assistance programs

Social Security is coming to a radio station near you! Listen to our Deputy Press Officer Mark Hinkle discuss how to open your personal my Social Security account.

Check your local listings for more information.


If you receive SSI, you may qualify for other assistance programs

If you currently receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may qualify for some State assistance programs too. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also qualify for Medicaid, “food stamps,” and social services provided by the state, city, or county where they live (such as arrangements for meals or transportation).

More information is available at your local public assistance office or by visiting our online SSI page.


Plan for retirement during your working years

You plan for every other adventure in your life. You should plan for retirement too!

Don’t put it off any longer, because that #Someday will arrive sooner than you expect. Financial planning for retirement should start now, during your working years.


You should apply for disability benefits ASAP

Although your disability must be expected to last at least a year to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you don’t have to wait a year to apply.

You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take months to obtain your medical records and make a decision on your claim.


National "my Social Security" Week

It’s National my Social Security Week.

Create your own account today and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to create their own account as well.

What’s my Social Security? It’s a secure, online account that allows you immediate access to your personal social security information. During your working years, you can use your account to view your “Social Security Statement” to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you receive benefits, you can get a benefit verification letter, check your benefit and payment information, change your address and phone number, and even change your direct deposit information.

Open a my Social Security account today and simplify your life.


Disability protection

If you become disabled and have disability protection from a private company, your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is not affected.

But, you should know that workers’ compensation and certain other public disability payments may affect your Social Security benefit.

Learn more by reading our online publication.


Nothing is faster than direct deposit!

On this day in 1859, the first official air mail delivery in the U.S. took place via hot air balloon. Although we use airplanes now to carry our mail even faster, when it comes to getting your Social Security benefits, nothing beats direct deposit!

If you get Social Security benefits and you have a bank account, you can start or change your direct deposit online with a my Social Security account. It’s the fastest and most convenient way to manage your benefits. No helium required.


How to extend child benefits

If you get child benefits, they will end once you turn 18, unless you are disabled or a full-time student attending a secondary school.

To learn more, read our frequently asked questions about students and child benefits.


Real people speak about Social Security

Real comments from real people about Social Security:

I applied online [for retirement benefits]. It was easy, and quick.” – Toni


79 years of Social Security

For 79 years, Social Security has made a tremendous and positive difference in the lives of millions. Social Security works because it is an enduring agreement between generations. It is our Nation’s most successful domestic program, and quite possibly the strongest expression of community our Nation has.


Happy 79th birthday, Social Security!

Perfect timing this #ThrowBackThursday. Happy 79th #birthday, Social Security!

“We can never insure one-hundred percent of the population against one-hundred percent of the hazards and vicissitudes of life. But we have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age. This law, too, represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built, but is by no means complete... It is... a law that will take care of human needs and at the same time provide for the United States an economic structure of vastly greater soundness.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935

The Act that President Roosevelt signed that day covered a limited number of workers and provided only retirement benefits. Today, #SocialSecurity is much more than just a #retirement program. We provide benefits to #disabled individuals and their #families. We provide #survivors benefits to #widows, #widowers, and the minor #children of deceased workers.

Read more about this photo on our history page. #TBT


Increase your retirement benefits

Not everyone retires at the same age. If you continue working after full retirement age, each additional year you work adds another year of earnings to your Social Security record. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits when you do retire.

For more information, read “When to Start Receiving Retirement Benefits” on our pubs page.


Mental illness and disability can affect anyone

As many of us mourn the loss of the great comedy and dramatic actor Robin Williams, undoubtedly, many news outlets today will talk about depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental illness.

Although the cause of his death is still preliminary, this event reminds us that mental disorders are not always visible and that sometimes these invisible illnesses can be disabling. We invite you to learn more about the Faces and Facts of Disability. And, if you know someone with mental illness who might benefit from the Social Security program, please share this page with them and tell them to contact us.


Help us encourage others to start planning for retirement.

Help us encourage friends and neighbors to start planning for retirement. Many people think of retirement as something far off in the distant future, saying, “Someday I’ll get around to making plans for it.”

We want to remind everyone that retirement gets here sooner than expected and that “Someday” should start today. We should all start planning for retirement now, during our working years.

To help us spread the word, all you need is a Facebook or Twitter account (or Tumblr). Simply visit our Thunderclap page and click on the Facebook or Twitter button.

Why is planning for retirement important?
Recent studies show that nearly half of all Americans are not saving for retirement and will depend on Social Security benefits for a substantial portion of their retirement income. But Social Security was never meant to be the only source of income for people when they retire. Social Security replaces about 40% of an average wage earner’s income after retiring, and most financial advisors say retirees will need 70 percent or more of pre-retirement earnings to live comfortably. To have a comfortable retirement, Americans need much more than just Social Security. They also need private pensions, savings and investments.


What are work credits?

You need a certain number of work credits to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which you earned in the last 10 years ending with the year you become disabled.

However, younger workers may qualify with fewer credits. See how many credits you need online!


What's Your Someday?

Perhaps #Someday you plan on doing something wild like skydiving. Or maybe something even scarier, like going back to school and finishing what you started. One thing is for sure. Someday, you’ll want to retire.

Have you started to plan for that adventure? To help you prepare, you’ll want a my Social Security account. With an online account, you can view estimates of your future Social Security benefits, verify your earnings history and start planning for your Someday.

So, what’s your #Someday?


Get updates!

Get the latest Social Security information. Have you noticed the red envelope at the bottom of some of our webpages? You can select it to sign up for e-mails and SMS/Texts that notify you when we update that particular page.


Real people speak about Social Security

Real comments from real people about Social Security:

I applied online [for retirement benefits] a few weeks ago. It was easy peasy… My checks will start coming in August! Much better than going into the SS office.” – Jane


National Lighthouse Day


For millions of people, Social Security is like a beacon of light, providing them financial security in retirement, after the loss of a loved one, or at the onset of a disability.

If you would like a quick overview of our programs and the benefits we offer you and your loved ones, this short publication can be your guide.

Read, download, or print a copy of “A Snapshot” today!


Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

American swimmer Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel, 88 years ago today. Finding her way through the rough waters earned her the nickname “Queen of the Waves.”

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) rules are sometimes complicated, but we can help you navigate them like this Olympic champion!

Wondering if you qualify for SSI, or do you receive SSI and have questions about your benefits? We have the answers here!


Simplify your life with a my Social Security account!

National Simplify Your Life week takes place this week. We have a suggestion that can help you simplify your life when it comes to Social Security business.

If you haven’t already (it’s probably on your to-do list), open a my Social Security  account.

Just look at all the things you can do from one location!


Changed your name? Update your records!

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe wasn’t always Marilyn Monroe? She was born Norma Jeane Mortenson.

If you too have changed your name and need to update your Social Security records, learn what steps to take today!

By the way, do you know John Wayne’s real name?


Steve Goss' Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA)

Steve Goss, Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration, taking your questions online via a @Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session.


Medicare A, B, C, and D

Learn the ABC and D of Medicare. There are four parts:

- Part A helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility;

-Part B helps pay for doctor fees and other medical services and supplies that hospital insurance doesn’t cover;

-Part C helps pay the medical costs not covered by Parts A and B; and

-Part D helps pay for prescription medications.

Learn more about Medicare today!


International Friendship Day


You, plus a my Social Security, equals the start of a beautiful friendship. “my Social Security” can be your retirement #wingman.

It provides estimates of future benefits, your earnings history, and how much Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. Why is this so important? Your future Social Security retirement benefit is based on your lifetime earnings. You should verify your earnings history each year to make sure you get all the Social Security benefits you deserve when you are eligible to collect. If you already get benefits, it helps you manage your benefits and instantly get a benefit verification letter if you ever need one.


Planning to retire?

The Lincoln penny, first issued on this day in 1909, reminds us of the adage, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Savings is an important part of any retirement plan.

Social Security benefits are said to be one leg of a three-legged stool—consisting of Social Security, private pensions, and personal savings/investments. You need all three for a comfortable retirement. Learn more and start planning with these online tools.

At what age did you start thinking about, and saving for, retirement?


Real people speak about Social Security

Real comments from real people about Social Security:

“I just retired online Tuesday. Only way to go. So easy.” – Calvin


National Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month

August is National Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month.

Share this message and help spread awareness that Social Security offers expedited processing of disability claims for applicants with SMA through our Compassionate Allowances program.

To learn more about this important program, and to see the complete list of expedited conditions, visit our Compassionate Allowances page..