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The 12 sites of Social Security

By KIRK LARSON Mercer Island Reporter Contributor
December 3, 2012 · 2:07 PM
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During the holiday season, it’s hard to walk in a public place without hearing a Christmas carol or two. One of the most popular traditional songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” It has been a holiday favorite since it was published in 1780. Here’s our take on the song: “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.”

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 screening tools to publications and press releases — can be found easily from this starting place.

On the second site of Social Security, we present to you: an easy way to get or replace your Social Security card at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

On the third 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/planners/about.htm.

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

On the fifth site of Social Security, we present to you: five estimates of your future Social Security benefits. Alternatively, you may run as many different scenarios as you wish. Get instant, personalized estimates of your future benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

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

On the seventh site of Social Security, we present to you: your online benefit statement. You review your work history and see what future benefits are available at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.

On the eighth 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.

On the ninth site of Social Security, we present to you: popular baby names. Learn about popular baby names and trends based on child Social Security card applications over the years at www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames.

On the tenth site of Social Security, we present to you: the location of your nearest Social Security office, no matter where you are, at www.socialsecurity.gov/locator.

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

On the twelfth site of Social Security, we present to you: services for people who are currently receiving benefits, such as 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.

Kirk Larson is the Social Security Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist. Get all your Social Security services and information at www.socialsecurity.gov.

 


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