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December 17, 2012

Charo Boyd: The 12 sites of Social Security

One of the most popular traditional holiday songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It’s been a holiday favorite since it was published in 1780. Last year, we introduced our own classic: “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It was a big hit, so we’ve remixed it for the new holiday season.

For the first site of Social Security, we present to you: our home page, www.socialsecurity.gov. It’s the place to go for all things Social Security. Everything you could want — from online services and benefit screening tools to publications and press releases — you can find easily from this starting place.

For the second site of Social Security, we present to you: our brand new online Statement. You’ll find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement. The Statement provides you with a personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits — retirement, disability, and survivors. It also provides your earnings record for your lifetime, allowing you to check to make sure your earnings are posted correctly.

For the third site of Social Security, we present to you: an easy way to learn how to replace your Social Security card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

For the fourth site of Social Security, we present to you: an online application for retirement benefits that you can complete and submit in as little as 15 minutes at www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire.  

For the fifth site of Social Security, we present to you: five estimates of your future Social Security benefits! Or one, or as many estimates as you would like using different scenarios. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

For the sixth site of Social Security, we present to you: a secure, convenient way to apply for disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability.

For the seventh site of Social Security, we present to you: an online application for Medicare that you can complete in as little as 10 minutes, at www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly.

For the eighth site of Social Security, we present to you: Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs.

You can learn more and apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp.

For the ninth site of Social Security, we present to you: our convenient publication library with online booklets and pamphlets on numerous subjects, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

For the 10th site of Social Security, we present to you: America’s most popular baby names. Learn about popular baby names and trends based on Social Security card applications over the years at www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames.

For the 11th site of Social Security, we present to you: a way to get your Social Security forms online, at www.socialsecurity.gov/online.

On the 12th site of Social Security, we present to you: services for people who are currently receiving benefits, like the ability to replace your Medicare card, get or change a password, request a proof of income letter, or check your Social Security information or benefits.

You can do these and other things at www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/getservices-change.htm.

And a partridge in a pear tree. Find it all (except the partridge and pear tree) at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Charo Boyd is Social Security public affairs specialist for east central Indiana. Her column appears every other Monday on the Business page.

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