Social Security: A novel gift idea

Published on Saturday, 21 December 2013 23:23 - Written by By Leo Rossler Social Security

Do you have family members or friends on your gift list this holiday season? And are you once again wondering what to give them? Well, you might think about giving them something that will help them for years to come — assistance in creating their own my Social Security account.

 It’s imaginative, practical, and potentially very valuable. Here’s why.

For many people, there is no gift as precious as time. And when they weigh the value of time spent waiting in line in a government office, or time spent with friends and family after quickly conducting Social Security business online, they will be grateful indeed.

And the gift of helping them apply for a my Social Security account has all the variety of a holiday candy sampler. After creating a my Social Security account atwww.socialsecurity.gov , a person can:

q get an instant, personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits;

q apply for retirement, disability, spouse’s, and Medicare benefits;

q check the status of a benefit application;

q change their address and phone number, if receiving monthly benefits from Social Security;

q sign-up for direct deposit of Social Security benefits;

q use our benefit planners to help better understand Social Security options when planning for a financial future;

q request a replacement Medicare card; and

q apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs.

 Wow! That’s a pretty impressive package for the holiday gift-giving list. So be creative. Visitwww.socialsecurity.gov and share the gift of potential time-saved with a relative or friend. If you have questions, our number is 1-800-772-1213. The Tyler office is located at 5509 South Donnybrook.