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Social Security Administration Upgrades Website

User-friendly format offers something for everyone


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Offering a "wealth of information" about the agency's programs and services presented with a new "fresh, user-friendly look and feel," the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces its newly designed -- www.socialsecurity.gov -- Website.

The new Website is easier to navigate, more attractive and more accessible to all visitors, including people with visual or other physical disabilities, says the SSA.

"Everything you want to know about Social Security is now easier to find on SSA’s new website, www.socialsecurity.gov," said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security. "We’ve redesigned our website so that it is better organized and easier for the public to conduct Social Security business online. And our new address is more easily associated with our agency."

Apply for Benefits Online
One of the most popular Internet services offered by SSA is the online benefits application, where visitors can apply for retirement, spouse’s and disability benefits via the Internet. This service -- found at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits -- allows people to conduct business with SSA at a time that is convenient to them and from the comfort of their own home.

"Social Security’s programs touch the lives of nearly every person in America, from the young to the old," said Commissioner Barnhart. "socialsecurity.gov offers online services for children and retirees, and for people at every stage of life in between."

Something for Everyone
socialsecurity.gov provides useful online services and valuable information for all types of people, whether it’s:

  • a young adult first entering the workforce,

  • a new bride,

  • a new parent,

  • a person who has become disabled,

  • a family member who has lost a loved one, or

  • an older person making the transition from work to retirement.

    People of all ages and life situations can find an abundance of information in SSA’s publications and Frequently Asked Questions, which can be found easily at SSA’s new, simplified homepage.

    Young children and teens can have fun and learn about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov/kids -- SSA’s Kids and Family page.

    Workers and people nearing retirement can get estimates of their future Social Security benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners by clicking on "calculators."

    A free, monthly electronic newsletter, eNews, is available at www.socialsecurity.gov/enews and can be received automatically with a simple online subscription.

    People receiving disability benefits, employers and service providers can visit The Work Site at www.socialsecurity.gov/work for information about support programs geared towards helping people with disabilities find employment.

    Links at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices cover the gamut of additional online services offered by Social Security, from general services that anyone can use to specific services for beneficiaries and businesses.

    Old Web Bookmarks Will Work
    socialsecurity.gov replaces SSA’s former Internet address (www.ssa.gov), but people can still get to Social Security Online with either address. The old address will still work for those who have marked SSA’s website as a favorite on their computers.

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