For over eight decades, Social Security has been an important source of income for retired Americans nationwide. The AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said Social Security is extremely important for rural Americans, since many don’t have access to pension plans and 401ks, and much of a farmer’s assets may be tied up in land and machinery, not cash. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, getting information about Social Security can be challenging. Voskuhl said AARP is there to help.
“We have an entire section on our website called the Social Security Resource Center,” Voskuhl noted. “This helps answer many of the frequently asked question rural residents may have about Social Security. Additionally, there’s a page dedicated to Social Security benefits and coronavirus, including details on the payments authorized under the CARES Act for social security recipients.”
Because of the pandemic, Social Security offices are closed to in-person visits. But, he said there are many ways to reach your office.
“Start online, you can create a My Social Security account….With an account, you can apply for Social Security benefits, check the status of applications, and in most cases, replace your Social Security card. Additionally, you can call your local office, or the national toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213, for information.”
If you have coronavirus questions, the AARP has a specific website for that.
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