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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SSA further Expands Services Available Online

Approximately eight months after the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched its online service, the agency proudly announced in its official press release that it has further expanded the feature of its online service.

The SSA’s Commissioner, Michael J. Astrue announced that the agency is expanding its online services called ‘My Social Security Account.’

The agency’s new online service feature is a personalized account that people can use right from the start of their working years and until they begin receiving Social Security benefits.

It can be remembered that it was just May of last year when the SSA launched its online service and in less than a couple of months’ time, there are already 1 million people who access the same to view their Social Security statements.

Now, more than 60 million Social Security Beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients reportedly access the agency’s online service. Most members now access their online accounts to view their verification letter, payment history, and earnings record. Also, others use the said online facility to update their personal information while some access the same to begin or to direct their deposit information.

Since the agency is dedicated to making it convenient for Social Security members to access their Social Security account at the comfort of their own home or office, the agency made it a lot easier for members and beneficiaries to instantly get an official benefit verification letter.

Incidentally, the benefit verification letter is very significant for securing loans, mortgages, and other housing processes since it is a valid proof of income. In addition, people use the said letter, which is printable, as evidence to their current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age.

Last year, the agency was bombarded with almost nine million requests for benefit verification letter. Therefore, the agency thought of a way on how people could conduct business without having to visit an office or make a phone call and wait for the letter to arrive in their mailbox.

Aside from providing ease to members and recipients, the extended online service is expected to reduce the time consumed by the agency’s employees in completing said requests and in effect free them to focus on other important workloads.

Meanwhile, a completed detail of the agency’s expanded online service was explained on its official website. Consequently, upon reading its recent announcement, the Los Angeles social security disability firm herein lauded the agency for another milestone that it has achieved in just a few months.