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Social security information – USA


Basic Social Security Information

Listed below is information on how to apply, appeal decisions, online assistance.  Special sections for Canada and for pensions United Kingdom


Social Security Online


Online Social Security Handbook

What is the Handbook?

The Social Security Handbook includes the provisions of the Social Security Act (the Act), regulations issued under the Act, and precedential case decisions (rulings). It is one of numerous publications about the Social Security programs. It is a readable, easy to understand resource for the very complex Social Security programs and services.

The Social Security programs are so complex it is impossible to include information about every topic. However, we have included what we believe is the most common and helpful information. In case of a conflict between the contents of the Handbook and the Act, Regulations, and Rulings, the latter take precedence.

Information about benefit programs administered by other agencies can be found at


Social Security Online Office Locator


Frequently Asked Questions on SSNs and Privacy


AARP - Social Security


Social security law: an overview

Social security is designed, as the title suggests, to provide security.  To protect individuals from unforeseen catastrophes, the government spreads certain risks among all members of society so that no single family bears the full burden of such occurrences.

In the United States, the Social Security Program was created in 1935 (42 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) to provide old age, survivors, and disability insurance benefits to workers and their families.   Unlike welfare, social security benefits are paid to an individual or his or her family at least in part on the basis of that person's employment record and prior contributions to the system.   The program is administered by the Social Secuirty Administration (SSA) and since 1965 it has included health insurance benefits under the Medicare program. While the original act used Social Security in a broad sense and included federally funded welfare programs and unemployment compensation within its scope, current usage associates the phrase with old age, survivors, and disability insurance.

The Federal Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) pays out monthly benefits to retired people, to families whose wage earner has died, and to workers unemployed due to sickness or accident.  Workers qualify for its protection by having been employed for a minimum amount of time and by having made contributions to the program.  Once an individual has qualified for protection, certain other family members are, as well.  Financial need is not a requirement.

While the Social Security Act (federal law) governs an applicant's right to benefits, state substantive law governs some of the family relationship issues that may bear on that right such as the validity of a marriage.

For greater detail on all these points visit the LII's Social Security Library.


Social Security Advisory Board

The Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) is an independent, bipartisan board created by Congress and appointed by the President and the Congress to advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters related to the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs


USA - Social Security Appeals


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Social Security Disability Secrets


How To File An Unfair Treatment Complaint

The Social Security Administration wants to treat fairly and equally all claimants and their representatives. We do not treat you differently because of your race, sex, age or disability, the amount of money you have, or any other reason. Below we tell you more about what you should do if you think the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who conducted your hearing treated you unfairly.

If you think any ALJ treated you unfairly, you should tell us about it and ask us to look into it. You can ask at any time, even while we are deciding your claims for benefits. If you think the ALJ who will conduct your hearing is not fair, you can ask for another ALJ to hear your claim

You should give us your complaint in writing. But you also can tell us about your complaint, and we will write it down for you. Please give us as many details as you can, including:

Also please tell what actions or words you thought were unfair.

Anyone in this office or any other Social Security office can help you make your complaint. You also can write to:

The Chief Administrative Law Judge
Office of Hearings and Appeals
5107 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3255

First, we will let you know promptly that we received your complaint. Someone who has not been handling your claim before will look into the information you gave us in your complaint. After we do this, we will let you know the results.

If you are appealing your claim, the Appeals Council will look into your complaint as part of your appeal. The results of the review will be part of the decision on your appeal.

If you think that we are not doing all we have said we would do, please write to:

Special Counsel
Office of Hearings and Appeals
5107 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3255


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DMOZ Open Directory Project


Social Security and Medicare Web Links


The Social Security Network


Social Security Information for Women



Note: SSAS offers information about Social Security and its programs,
but is not affiliated with the Social Security Administration (SSA) or any other agency.


About Social Security

Social Security is a method of providing a continuing income to you and your family if your earnings stop or are reduced by retirement, disability or death. Social Security payments will not replace all lost income, however, and you should be prepared to supplement it with savings, investments, other insurance or pensions.,1674,P1999,00.html


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