Coming Soon: Top Baby Names Of 2015

Mother’s Day is almost here. On or near that day, the Social Security Administration will publish the most popular baby names of 2015 based on Social Security number card applications. Top names for 2014 and prior years are here. Expect the top baby names for 2015 soon, first on the official Social Security website and then…
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Fighting Social Security Fraud

Although you might not be routinely aware of it, the Social Security Administration fights fraud in many ways. Large cases might generate lots of media coverage but most do not. Towards the bottom of the Social Security homepage,, is a link to SSA anti-fraud information. Posted there is a new publication, Agency Activities to Fight…
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Income Of The Aged

For many years the Social Security Administration has surveyed the aged population to determine their economic status. The newest edition of this, called the Income of the Aged Chartbook, has just been published online using 2014 data. The publication covers the population aged 65 or older. Social Security benefits were never intended to provide complete…
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Disability Or Retirement?

Q: At nearly age 64, I just stopped work because of a severe accident. Is it better to apply for Social Security disability or retirement? A: You can apply for either one or both at the same time. You chose what to do. Social Security disability depends on more than your immediate medical condition.  Based…
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Comparing Social Security And SSI

Q: How is SSI different from Social Security? A: Starting with a short answer, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security are completely different programs. A person can receive both if meeting the separate rules of each. In no particular order, here are more differences between these two programs. Work is at the core of…
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