As we commemorate Labor Day, this is a perfect time to focus attention on the disability protections that workers pay for through taxes on their earnings. We are happy to announce the release of two rich online data resources for researchers, advocates, and policymakers concerning the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Our new state SSDI fact sheets and national SSDI issue paper make it easy to see exactly how this vital safety net is safeguarding workers and their families in every community across America.
Follow our new Twitter account for advocates
Posted: June 17, 2015
Social Security’s Office of External Affairs is now on Twitter! Follow @SSAOutreach to get the latest updates on our national and regional outreach efforts. We created this new Twitter account for our partners in the advocacy community and third parties who serve the public.
Follow @SSAOutreach to:
- Get the latest news on our events, policy updates, and Social Security services.
- Hear from Social Security’s Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and our senior executives about current topics
- Get live tweets from important conferences and meetings, like our National Quarterly Advocates Conference Call coming up on June 17.
- Find out what’s new at Social Security with communities your organization serves—such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, immigrants, people with disabilities, homeless populations, same-sex couples, veterans, women, and young people.
- Keep up with news for appointed representatives, financial planners, health and school professionals, human resource experts, Medicare outreach organizations, representative payees, faith-based leaders, and other third parties with an interest in our programs and services.
- Retweet items of value to your network and members.
We invite you to visit @SSAOutreach and hope you can be among our first followers.
Information on replacing your Medicare Card
Posted: June 3, 2015
We are excited to introduce the expansion of online services available through the my Social Security portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Medicare beneficiaries can now obtain a replacement card if they have lost, damaged, or simply need to replace it online using a my
Social Security account.
The Medicare card is the most important piece of identification a beneficiary needs—it's proof that they have Medicare health insurance. Medical professionals and insurance companies need this proof to provide care and accurately calculate compensation for services.
Requesting a replacement card through a my
Social Security beneficiaries have a critical piece of identification available when required by medical providers as proof of Medicare coverage. Simply access your online my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and select the “Replacement Documents” tab. Then select “Mail my replacement Medicare card.” After you request a card, it will arrive in the mail in approximately 30 days.
With a my
Social Security account, our beneficiaries can also:
- Get a letter showing what benefits they receive;
- Change their address and phone number;
- Start or change direct deposit of their benefit payment; and now
- Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season
We hope that you find this information helpful, and we encourage you to share it with your members and colleagues.
Vision 2025 is Here
Posted: April 28, 2015
Embarking on its 80th Anniversary of being a key piece of the Nation’s fabric, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, yesterday officially released Vision 2025. The vision will serve as a “North Star” to guide Social Security and show how the agency will accomplish and deliver three key priorities: superior customer experience, exceptional employees, and an innovative organization over the next decade and beyond.
Vision 2025 reflects Social Security’s full commitment—now and in the future—to offering customers choices in how they do business with us. This commitment includes sustaining a field office structure that provides face-to-face service and is responsive to members of the public who need or prefer face-to-face service.
For more information, you can access the Social Security Vision 2025 interactive website at www.socialsecurity.gov/vision2025. While there sign up to receive automatic updates and we’ll notify you as we provide updates.
We also ask that you help us, by sharing our vision for the future, among your members, associates, and colleagues. To do so we’ve provided the attached blog post from Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, to use on your website blog, newsletters, or through your other social media channels. We invite you to also share on Facebook
or retweet on Twitter
the following posts, using #ssa2025.
We look forward to working with you to help us provide the best possible service to our customers in the coming years.
Social Security Launches New Anti-Fraud Website
Posted: February 9, 2015
Recently, Social Security launched an informative new web page that highlights the agency's many efforts in fighting fraud and protecting every worker's investment in the Social Security program. The web address is www.socialsecurity.gov/antifraudfacts.
Visitors to this site will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the hard work we do every day to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in our programs. The website includes information on the tools we use to fight fraud, spotlights some of our highly successful anti-fraud efforts, and provides materials you can use to help us spread the word that Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud.
We invite you to visit the website and use the materials to help us inform the public that Social Security takes fraud seriously and is very effective in limiting the instances of fraud.
We hope you will join us in disseminating the facts about our anti-fraud efforts as we work together to prevent the use of inaccurate information about fraud to advocate cutbacks in the disability program.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments—or to discuss further ways that your organization can collaborate with Social Security to raise awareness about our efforts.
Replacement Form SSA-1099/1042S for Tax Purposes
Posted: February 1, 2015
With the new year comes tax season—something we all have to prepare for. Americans spend over 13 hours every year doing their taxes. Knowing how difficult filing taxes can be, we would like to help you keep the process as simple as possible. We are excited to offer a new online service to help people who receive Social Security benefits have the information they need to file their tax returns. If your clients receive Social Security benefits, but did not receive or misplaced their SSA-1099, they can use an online my Social Security account to get an instant replacement for tax purposes. Setting up an account is easy, secure, and convenient. They just need to go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Social Security Resumes Mailing Social Security Statements
Posted: September 16, 2014
We are pleased to announce that, beginning this month, we are resuming periodic mailings of paper
Social Security Statements to workers age 25 and older. Even though most workers will receive a mailing every 5 years, we encourage everyone to create a secure
Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, which will allow them immediate access to their online Statement anytime.
The Statement is a valuable financial planning tool providing workers with important individualized information regarding their earnings, tax contributions, and estimates for future retirement, disability and survivors benefits.
Please read the full press release, including a statement by Social Security’s Acting Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, my Social Security Account to Obtain Their Statement Online, Anytime" here.
Thank you for your continued support as we strive to keep workers informed about Social Security. Please help us encourage all workers to sign up for a
Social Security account to regularly review their earnings record and obtain estimates of future benefits for themselves and their families.