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Social Security Questions and Answers

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 By Kay Louder

Social Security District Manager

Question:

How do I change my citizenship status on Social Security’s records?

Answer:

To change your citizenship status shown in Social Security records:

Complete an application for a Social Security card (Form SS-5), which you can find online at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html; and 

Locate documents proving your: 

New or revised citizenship status (Only certain documents can be accepted as proof of citizenship. These include your U.S. passport, a Certificate of Naturalization, or a Certificate of Citizenship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, Social Security will ask to see your current immigration documents); age; and identity. 

Then, take (or mail) your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office or card center. 

All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

Question:

Can I receive Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits at the same time?

Answer:

You may be able to receive SSI in addition to monthly Social Security benefits if your Social Security benefit is low enough for you to qualify for SSI. Whether you can get SSI depends on your income and resources (the things you own). If you have low income and few resources, you may be able to supplement your Social Security benefit with an SSI payment. You can find out more about SSI by going to www.socialsecurity.gov and selecting the “SSI” banner at the top of the page.

Question:

How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits?

Answer:

There are two ways that you can apply for disability benefits. You can:

 1. Apply Online at www.socialsecurity.gov; or

 2. Call our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office or to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone. 

If you are applying online, a Disability Starter Kit is available at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability. The kit will help you get ready for your disability claim interview. If you schedule an appointment, a Disability Starter Kit will be mailed to you.

Question:

Who can get Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug coverage?

Answer:

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary, and you pay an additional monthly premium for the coverage. People with higher incomes might pay a higher premium. 

 

If you have limited income and resources, you may be eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs—monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments—related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. To qualify for Extra Help, you must reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Your resources must be limited to $13,070 for an individual or $26,120 for a married couple living together. (Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. We do not count your house and car as resources.) Your annual income must be limited to $16,755 for an individual or $22,695 for a married couple living together. 

 

Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp