For many Americans, especially those living in rural or remote areas, Social Security has been an important source of income for 85 years. And one of the main reasons so many rural Americans depend so much of Social Security is the fact they 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, getting information about Social Security can be challenging.
The AARP’s Sean Voskuhl says they have a host of resources that can help.
“We have an entire section on our website called the Social Security Resource Center. This helps answer many of the frequently asked questions rural residents may have about Social Security. You’ll find resources from planning for retirement to how to collect social security benefits, a benefits calculator, and webinars to answer your questions.”
Voskuhl noted the pandemic changed how the Social Security Administration handles claims and requests. He said with a My Social Security account, you can manage you account on-line.
“Start online, you can create a My Social Security account at SSA.gov. But be sure to verify you are on the correct website. With an account, you can apply for Social Security benefits, check the status of applications, and in most cases, replace your Social Security card. However, some things still must be done in your local office. You can call them or the national toll-free number, (800) 772-1213, for information.”
For a compete breakdown of those available resources check out AARP’s Website.
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