And Then, Survivors

Survivors benefits became the second Social Security program with the 1939 Amendments.  Recall from the previous post that the Social Security Act of 1935 provided only retirement benefits, and only to the worker.  Family benefits did not exist. The 1939 Amendments fundamentally changed the Social Security program by adding two new categories of benefits:  payments to…
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Retirement – The First SSA Program

When you work a lot with anything, it is easy to assume, incorrectly, that everyone knows the basics.  I have done that here by not identifying the different Social Security Administration programs.   Today I will step back and start doing so.     Described in its preamble as “An act to provide for the general welfare…
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Introducing Social Security Disability

Social Security disability is based on inability to work.  Two separate requirements exist when you apply for Social Security disability benefits on your own work record.  First, you must be insured.  In addition to having worked long enough, being insured for Social Security disability has requirements about when this work was.   Once insured status is…
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Estimate Your SSA Retirement By Individual Month, Not Just Age

Using the Social Security Retirement Estimator for estimates based on your actual, personal, SSA work record was a topic last week.  While the Estimator gives you good, personal, information at a specific age, such as the default age 62, full retirement age (FRA) and age 70, but this is not exactly how SSA retirement benefits…
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Online Social Security Retirement & Medicare With Patty Duke

Since 2009, the Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke has volunteered her time to help promote Social Security online services, especially the online retirement application.   Today is her birthday and, following her own advice, she has filed online for her Social Security and Medicare.    Watch her do so at http://www.youtube.com/socialsecurityonline.     Patty Duke Turns 65, Applies Online for Social…
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