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New expedited disability process for veterans
Last week in a press conference, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin, unveiled a new initiative to expedite disability claims for veterans.
Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.
The VA rating only expedites the disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. Veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
For more information about this service, visit our page for Veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total.
Social Security now processing some claims for same-sex couples
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Social Security is now processing some retirement and surviving spouse claims, and SSI claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.
Social Security is hiring
Want the career of a lifetime? We’re hiring! Check out available positions with the Social Security Administration.
February is African American History Month
This year’s theme is Civil Rights in America, marking the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Be sure to visit us online to learn more about Social Security’s programs and benefits.
When it comes to cyber security, the Social Security Administration takes the gold.
After all, “Security” is our middle name.
Facts about the Social Security disability program
Here are some facts and figures about the Social Security disability program.
Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the chances that you will become disabled probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement age.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a person’s disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
Social Security disability payments are modest. The average yearly amount of Social Security disability benefits for an individual is $13,752. This amount is just above the poverty guidelines of $11,490.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is coverage that workers earn. In fact, over 90 percent of workers are covered by SSDI.
You can learn more about this program in our publication, Disability Benefits .
Veterans rated 100% Permanent and Total
If you have a Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total, you may be eligible for expedited disability claims processing.
Happy Presidents Day!
This Presidents Day, we honor the contributions of our presidents to the well-being and success of our nation.
Visit our history page to read about the commitment of our Presidents to the Social Security program.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Roses are red, Violets are blue.
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You can fill out a Child Disability Report online
To apply for disability benefits for a child, you’ll need to complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the child’s disabling condition and how it affects his/her ability to function. You can fill out the report online.
Did you know:
In ancient Athens, the city provided modest financial assistance to those who were disabled, elderly, or owned property less than a certain worth.
Check out our Quick Calculator
Want a quick estimate of your potential future benefits using different retirement dates and possible future earnings? Then check out our Quick Calculator.
It gives a simple, rough estimate when you input your date of birth and this year's earnings.
Planning for retirement shouldn’t be like training for the Olympics
Our planners make it easy to understand your Social Security protection as you plan for your financial future.
Need to replace your Medicare card?
If your Medicare card is lost, stolen, or destroyed, you can request a new one online.
Retirement is just one of the many benefits we provide
Although they represent 70% of the total payments we make, retirement benefits are just one of the many benefits Social Security provides.
Disabled workers and their dependents account for 19% of the total benefits paid while survivors account for 11%.
You can appeal a medical denial online
If you recently applied for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits and were denied for medical reasons, you can file an appeal online.
Find out what’s on the horizon for your retirement
Even if you’re not getting benefits now, you can find out how much you could get when you retire using our Retirement Estimator. It gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record.
Download and print forms
There’s no need to visit your local office. If you need a form, you can download it from our website, print it, and fill it out at your convenience.
February is Heart Health Month
At Social Security, we understand the pain and difficulty that individuals and families go through because of life-threatening heart conditions. Since February is Heart Health Month, we encourage you to learn more about what you can do to prevent and control heart disease. Also, visit our website to read about the many heart conditions covered under our Compassionate Allowances program.
Compassionate Allowances are a way to quickly identify medical conditions and fast-track disability decisions to ensure that Americans with the most serious disabilities receive their benefit decisions within days instead of months.