SOCIAL SECURITY LAUNCHES NEW "FOR
AND ONLINE APPLICATION FOR SPOUSE’S BENEFITS
Recognizing the special importance of Social Security
to women and the need for women to have access to timely, accurate
information about their rights to benefits under the program,
the Social Security Administration (SSA) today unveiled a new
website, Social Security Online "For
Women." The site provides basic Social Security program
information on retirement, survivors, disability and Supplemental
Security Income benefits pertinent to women.
Larry Massanari, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
said, "The Social Security program treats all workers --
men and women -- exactly the same. But because of different life
experiences, the real world results are different. As a group,
women live longer than men, earn less and rely on Social Security
for most of their retirement income. They need to know what the
program means to them in their particular circumstances."
"For Women," www.ssa.gov/women,
provides links to basic information throughout SSA’s official
website --Social Security Online -- that can be relevant
to women at different stages in their life. The links are grouped
in logical categories to coincide with the various life events
also provides links to other
federal agency websites containing information of interest
to women, such as the Department of Labor’s "Women’s Bureau,"
the Department of Health and Human Service’s "Women’s Health"
and the White House’s "Federal Programs and Resources for
Women and Families."
Currently, over 106 million Americans are online
-- 53 percent of the adult population. Women Internet users have
tripled over the past two years. In fact, women represent 49 percent
of all those who are online. Women who visit Social Security
Online will find another recent and useful SSA innovation.
In April, SSA expanded its online Benefit
Application to include the ability to apply for Social
Security Spouse’s benefits.
Since November 2000, interested persons could apply
for Social Security retirement benefits online at www.ssa.gov,
the official website for the Social Security Administration. By
completing one application, an individual can now apply for their
own retirement benefit, or a spouse’s benefit or, if eligible
for both, their own retirement benefit and their benefit as the
spouse of a retired worker.
While both men and women can apply for Social Security
spouse’s benefits online, the fact remains that more women than
men qualify for a Social Security benefit as the spouse of a retired
worker. Approximately 700,000 people apply for spouse’s benefits
annually, over 90 percent of them women.
SSA uses the strongest commercially available encryption
to ensure that an applicant’s confidential information is secure
as it travels over the Internet.
Note to Correspondents: Fact sheets with
additional information about this subject are available below