This month, Social Security celebrates its 81st anniversary. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, bringing financial security to our nation’s seniors. As a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and Senate Special Committee on Aging, which have great influence over important senior programs, I recognize Social Security has served as a vital safety net for retirees and disabled individuals for over three-quarters of a century and am committed to preserving this program for current beneficiaries and generations to come.
To help modernize the system, last year, Social Security launched Social Security Matters, a website that provides an interactive blog where any Social Security beneficiary can communicate with Social Security specialists. On the website, users can find the latest updates and news about Social Security affecting retirement, the chronically ill, veterans, survivors and disability benefits. To visit Social Security Matters, go to http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/.
Just as I believe Social Security is critical to our nation’s seniors, I also believe it is important that Nevadans are aware of the different benefits available to them through the program. In addition to retirement benefits, Social Security offers coverage for many other reasons. For example, disability benefits are available to individuals whose medical conditions prevent them from working. Disabled individuals with dependent family members can also receive payments. Finally, Social Security offers survivors benefits to widows, widowers, and deceased workers’ dependent children.
Another great tool to best utilize Social Security is to create a My Social Security account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/. This account provides a direct route to receive benefit verification letters, submit address and phone number changes, start or change direct deposit of an account, and acquire replacement documents for tax season. To contact Social Security for further questions, call (800) 772-1213. Nevadans can also find their local Social Security office by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact to speak with a Social Security employee in person.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you or any other Nevadan is facing difficulties with this program, my staff and I would be happy to assist you. To reach my Las Vegas office, please call (702) 388-6605. +