3. The online Benefit Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s fast, easy, and secure. It’s so easy, in fact, it can take you as little as 15 minutes to apply online. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. Try it out when you’re ready to retire at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
4. The online Extra Help application is an easy way to save about $4,000 a year on your Medicare prescription drug costs. To qualify for the Extra Help, you must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and live in the U.S. Learn more about it at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp.
Social Security’s online services continue to hold the top spots for customer satisfaction. In the recent American Customer Satisfaction Index quarterly report, Social Security continued to score higher than the best private online services, including Amazon.
To learn more about our winning online services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
Go Social Security!
Tracey W. Marmet is district manager of the Oneonta office of the Social Security Administration. Other ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.