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The Twelve Sites of Social Security

Social Security News: Alan Edwards


One of the most popular traditional holiday songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It’s been a holiday favorite since it was published in 1780. Last year, we introduced our own classic: “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It was a big hit, so we’ve remixed it for the new holiday season.

1: Our home page, www.socialsecurity.gov. It’s the place to go for all things Social Security. Everything you could want — from online services and benefit screening tools to publications and press releases — you can find easily from this starting place.

2: Our brand new online statement. You’ll find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement. It provides you with a personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits — retirement, disability, and survivors. It also provides your earnings record for your lifetime, allowing you to check to make sure your earnings are posted correctly.

3: An easy way to learn how to replace your Social Security card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

4: An online application for retirement benefits that you can complete and submit in as little as 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire.

5: Five estimates of your future Social Security benefits! Or one, or as many estimates as you would like using different scenarios. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

6: A secure, convenient way to apply for disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability.

7: An online application for Medicare that you can complete in as little as 10 minutes, at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

8: Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. You can learn more and apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp.

9: Our convenient publication library with online booklets and pamphlets on numerous subjects, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

10: America’s most popular baby names. Learn about popular baby names and trends based on Social Security card applications over the years at www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames.

11: A way to get your Social Security forms online, at www.socialsecurity.gov/online.

12: Services for people who are currently receiving benefits, like the ability to replace your Medicare card, get or change a password, request a proof of income letter, or check your Social Security information or benefits. You can do these and other things at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/getservices-change.htm.

And a partridge in a pear tree. Find it all (except the partridge and pear tree) at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Alan Edwards is with Social Security Public Affairs in Portland.