This August marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security. It was on August 14th in 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, bringing financial security to our nation’s senior citizens. I am proud to see this program that is so important to Nevada’s seniors continue to provide support. As a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and Senate Special Committee on Aging, which have great influence on important senior programs, I am committed to preserving Social Security for generations to come.
To help modernize the system as we celebrate its 80th anniversary, 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, and other beneficiaries. 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 Social Security program. Other than retirement benefits, Social Security covers an array of options. 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. Social Security offers survivor 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/. The 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. +