2011-06-17 / Columnists

Social Security And You

George Takei And Patty Duke Boldly Go To Social Security’s Website
By John D’Agostino Manager, Far Rockaway Social Security Office

Are you ready to set course for retirement? Then follow the advice of entertainment icons George Takei and Patty Duke and Boldly Go to www.socialsecurity. gov. The two celebrities have teamed up in a new campaign to help Social Security promote its online services as an easy and secure way for people to apply for retirement, disability, Medicare, and so much more.

Those ready to retire, apply for disability benefits, or delay retirement and apply only for Medicare, can do so from the comfort of their home or from any computer. And don’t forget to sign up for direct deposit so you’ll get your benefits at warp speed.

Already receiving Social Security benefits? Go online to let Social Security know about a change of address or phone number, start or change direct deposit, get a proof of income letter, or replace a lost Medicare card.

As Patty tells George, Social Security’s website “is for everyone.” Workers can get an online estimate of their future retirement benefits and use Social Security’s planners to plan for a secure retirement and “Young people can help their grandparents with retiring online or getting extra help with their Medicare prescription drug costs.” To which George concludes, “Everyone, of all ages, should go to www.socialsecurity. gov.”

So Boldly Go to www.socialsecurity. gov. Like George, you may find yourself saying, “Oh my!” Then, in retirement, live long and prosper.

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