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February 9, 2013

Social Security providing information online

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Social Security is expanding the services available with a My Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.

More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history and earnings record instantly using their online account.

Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online.

VERIFICATION LETTERS

People can go online and get an official benefit verification letter instantly.

The letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health-insurance coverage, retirement or disability status and age.

This online service allows people to conduct business with Social Security without having to visit an office or make a phone call. It also will reduce the time spent by employees completing these requests and free them to focus on other workloads.

HOW TO SIGN UP

People age 18 and older can sign up for an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Once there, they must be able to provide information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely to know.

After completing the secure verification process, people can create a my Social Security account with a unique user name and password to access their information.

STATEMENTS

People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can sign up for a My Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security statement.

This information used to be mailed periodically to workers, but that has now been eliminated.

The online statement provides eligible workers with secure access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information and estimates of future benefits, which they can use to plan for their retirement.

In addition, the portal includes links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare.

“Given our significantly reduced funding, we have to find innovative ways to continue to meet the needs of the American people without compromising service,” Commissioner Michael Astrue said in a news release.

“These new enhancements will allow us to provide faster service to more people in more places.”

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