Archive | November, 2012

Eligibility for Homemakers

Homemakers can receive spousal benefits based on a spouse’s earnings record. And if you are divorced, but were married for at least ten years, you are also eligible to draw on your ex-spouse’s account. If you are widowed you can receive spousal benefits based on your husband’s earnings record if you were married for at […]

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Some Resist Automatic Deposits of Social Security

ABC news reports: Glenn Smallwood does not have a cellphone, computer or credit card. Nor does he have a bank account. And that’s exactly the way he likes it. “I guess you could say I’m an old fuddy duddy,” Smallwood, 63, a semi-retired insurance salesman in Clearwater, Fla., told ABC News. “I’m set in my […]

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All Electronic Payments for Safety and Cost Cutting

Florida’s Sun Sentinel today: If you still get a Social Security check by mail for retirement of disability, that’s about to change. In fact, the Social Security Administration is urging recipients to switch over now to direct deposit or get their monthly payment sent to a Direct Express debit card account. By March 1, with […]

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Internet Application Process Has Problems

Michael Astrue, the Social Security Administration (SSA) commissioner, went full throttle with an internet claims system. Those seeking retirement or disability benefits are encouraged to fill out forms online. At a recent union meeting, Social Security employees expressed reservations about the internet application process. “85 percent of the time the person is disadvantaging themselves. They […]

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