Your social security statement tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivors’ and pension benefits. It also provides a record of your recent earnings history and other valuable information.
We also provide you with fact sheets along with your online statement. The fact sheets provide clear and useful information based on your age group and earnings situation. They can help you better understand social security programs and benefits.
The fact sheet of the declaration covers these topics:
• Pension readiness for workers in four age groups.
• Workers with uncovered earnings, which may be covered by Windfall Elimination Provision and Offset for state pension.
• Basics of social security for new employees.
• How people become eligible for benefits (for people who have not earned enough work credits).
• How overtime can increase your future benefits.
• Medicare contingency for workers aged 62 and over.
We have recently released a new fact sheet specifically for people with limited earnings. The new fact sheet covers how they and their family members can qualify for benefits, including:
• Supplementary security income
• Social security pension benefits
• Child benefits
• Supplemental nutrition assistance program
• Help with health care expenses – including Medicare, Medicare Savings Programs, Additional help with Medicare prescription drug costs and Medicaid.
The best way to access your statement and the new fact sheets is by using your personal My Social Security account.
If you do not have a personal My Social Security account, be sure to set one up www.ssa.gov/myaccount. You can even see your full earnings history there.
If you want to know more, you can visit our website with social security declaration on www.ssa.gov/myaccount/statement.html.
Please share these resources with your friends and family.
Charo Boyd is the Social Security public affairs specialist for Indianapolis Metropolitan and Southern Indiana. Her column appears every other Monday.