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Social Security Q&A: How to check status of retirement benefits application

Q: How can I check the status of a pending application for retirement benefits?

A: If you applied for retirement or disability benefits online, you can check the status of your application at by selecting "Benefits" and "Check Application Status" under "Apply." You will need to enter your Social Security number and the ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: What can I do at the SS website?

Q: What can I do at

A: There are many things you can do on Social Security's website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business with us online at . You can get an estimate of future benefits, find out if you qualify for benefits now and even apply for benefits. You can ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: What are the different parts of Medicare?

Q: I will rely on Medicare when I retire. Can you explain the different parts of Medicare?

A: The different parts of Medicare cover your specific needs. There are four parts, all of which work in tandem to deliver healthcare services.

Part A (hospital insurance): Hospital insurance helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Will other support disqualify me for SSI?

Q: This summer, I'll turn 65 and, because of my financial situation, I thought I'd be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But my neighbor told me I'd probably be turned down because I have a friend who said he might help support me. Is this true?

A: If your friend helps support you, it could have an effect on whether you get SSI ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: How do I apply for disability benefits

Q: I was hurt on the job and can't work. How do I start my application for Social Security disability benefits?

A: If you have a disability that qualifies, you can apply online at . There are several advantages to applying online for disability benefits. You can start your disability claim immediately. ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: What is the maximum benefit I can receive?

Q: I'm planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

A: The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire and how much you earned in your lifetime. For example, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum benefit will be $2,025. If you retire at full retirement age in 2015, your maximum benefit will be $...Read more

Social Security Q&A: How many credits do I need for benefits?

Q: I've only been working for a few years, and I'm wondering how I earn Social Security benefits. What are credits and how many do I need to qualify for benefits?

A: We use your total yearly earnings to calculate your Social Security credits. "Credits" are the units we use to measure whether you qualify for Social Security benefits. The amount ...Read more

Can a robot handle your retirement?

Fledgling online investment advisory services, nicknamed robo-advisers in financial circles, are moving squarely into retirement planning.

Betterment, one of the largest such firms with about 80,000 users, is unveiling a new feature called RetireGuide that lets customers enter information about their spouses and non-Betterment accounts to get a...Read more

Researchers finally see hope for Alzheimer's treatment, prevention

PITTSBURGH -- Alzheimer's disease is one of the conditions that Americans are most afraid they will get, second only to cancer. Yet at least a generation of focused research has gone by without an effective treatment or sure advice on how to prevent it.

University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer's researchers are among those leading studies and while ...Read more

States try more tax breaks for seniors

About a half dozen states are considering giving new tax breaks to seniors over 65, although they already enjoy favorable treatment by the federal government and by most states on their income and property taxes.

For some of the states looking to cut taxes, it's an effort to stop older folks from decamping to more tax-friendly places when they ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: How do I get proof of receiving Medicare benefits?

Q: I need proof that I receive Medicare benefits. Where can I get a letter proving that?

A: If you need proof that you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income or Medicare, get an instant benefit verification letter online by using your personal my Social Security account. If you don't receive benefits, your letter will serve ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: How to report address change for SSI benefits

Q: My father receives Supplemental Security Income. He recently moved, but he hasn't reported his new address to Social Security yet. What's the easiest way to do that?

A: You can check your address online by using your personal my Social Security account at It is very important that Social Security has your ...Read more

At 73, David Crosby isn't slowing down

David Crosby -- who puts the cantankerous in Crosby, Stills & Nash -- was in a particularly good mood the other day.

"I'm in a very good space," said the outspoken, voluble Crosby. He's lost 40 pounds. The visits to the gym for weightlifting have stopped, but he swims and walks and -- get this -- stopped smoking pot. At least for now.

"I'm not...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Can I return to work and keep disability benefits?

Q: I have been collecting disability benefits for a few years, but I'm getting healthy enough to work again. Can I return to work while getting Social Security disability benefits?

A: Yes, you can return to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits. We have special rules to help you get back to work without lowering your initial ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Will seasonal earnings boost retirement benefit?

Q: Although I stopped working a few years ago, I had additional seasonal earnings after my retirement. Will my monthly Social Security retirement benefit increase?

A: Possibly. And you can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. Each year we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Can I get a new number after ID theft?

Q: Someone stole my Social Security number, and it's being used repeatedly. Does Social Security issue new Social Security numbers to victims of repeated identity theft?

A: Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, so you aren't alone. If you've done all you can to identify and fix the problem, including contacting the ...Read more