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Social Security: Shop Social Security online this holiday season

Kathy Petersen

Social Security provides fast, convenient and secure online services to the public. In fact, surveys show that Social Security does it so well that our online services take the top ratings in customer satisfaction surveys. So this holiday season, “shop” online when it comes to your Social Security needs.

Here are just a few of Social Security’s services you can take advantage of from the convenience of your home or office computer:

• apply for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits;

• find out what benefits you might be eligible to receive;

• apply for Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs;

• estimate your future benefits;

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• appeal an unfavorable decision;

• change your address; and

• report employee wages.

For a complete list of our online services, visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You also can find forms, publications, answers to frequently asked questions, Social Security news, and much more at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

We’re confident you’ll be satisfied with the service you get. Social Security online services rival commercial sites. In the American Customer Satisfaction Index, we beat out the top sites in the public and private sector. Three of our services took the top three ratings in government and beat out the top commercial sites.

You do your holiday shopping online, so shop http://www.socialsecurity.gov for your Social Security needs. It’s fast, convenient and secure.

kathy petersen is the public affairs specialist for south dakota and eastern wyoming. you can write her c/o social security administration, 605 main, suite 201, rapid city, sd, 57701 or via e-mail at kathy. petersen@ssa.gov. next week kathy answers your questions in her popular monthly “q&a” column.

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