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Social Security: It's more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

Nicole Tiggemann, Tribune News Service on

Published in Senior Living News

You've worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We're working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security.

Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits to get started. Through our safe and secure website, you can apply for:

-- Retirement benefits;

-- Spousal benefits;

-- Medicare;

-- Disability benefits;

-- Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs; and, in some cases, Supplemental Security Income.

You don't have to be internet savvy to finish most of our online applications in one sitting with your computer. Or, if you prefer, we offer you the options to apply in person at your Social Security office or by telephone with one of our application representatives. Please call 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.

You should also call us to schedule an appointment if you wish to apply for certain family benefits, including those for surviving spouses and children, divorced spouses and dependent children, and parents of beneficiaries.

After you've applied for benefits -- whether online, by phone, or in person -- you can securely and quickly check the status of a pending claim through your online my Social Security account. If you haven't created your account yet, you can do so today by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

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