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Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

The Social Security Administration launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign to continue warning people about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme.  The PSAs feature a message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul.  Social Security and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continue to receive reports about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees.  The scammers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments for help with purported identity theft, or to avoid arrest for bogus Social Security number problems.

Florida Senior Games Presented by Humana kicks off 2020 Calendar of Local Series Qualifiers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2020 Florida Senior Games presented by Humana Series Qualifiers are under way as athletes from throughout the Sunshine State begin to compete for spots in the state championships in December. With a Top 5 finish in their respective age group at the Local Series Qualifiers, athletes will move on to the next level, representing their communities in a variety of 24 sports, vying for state titles, record-setting performances, and an opportunity to qualify for the 2021 National Senior Games.

Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

Tax season is approaching, and we have made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier.  The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits.  It shows the total amount of benefits you received from us in the previous year so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return.

Help a Loved one With Social Security

The aged and people with disabilities may need extra assistance to manage their finances. If you have a loved one who needs your help, you may be able to become a representative payee. A representative payee receives the beneficiary’s payments and is given the authority to manage them on the beneficiary’s behalf. We recognize that turning someone’s finances over to someone else is a big deal so we make sure that the beneficiary needs the help and that you are the best person to offer that help.

Who Do I Contact - Social Security or Medicare

Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.  Medicare provides health insurance.  Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help.  The list below can help you quickly figure out where to go.  Please share this list with family and friends.

Apply Online for Medicare

Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire?  We can help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on yourindividual and family circumstances.  Applying online can take less than 10minutes.  There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.

Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom Announces Chante’ Jones as Director of the Office of Public & Professional Guardians

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom announced the hiring of Ms. Chante’ Jones, Esq. as the Director of the Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG). Ms. Jones earned her Juris Doctorate from Barry University and holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator and has more than 20 years of corporate and management experience having previously worked for Verizon Communications’ corporate office in Tampa. Ms. Jones has also volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for the 13th circuit.

Social Security and America Saves Week

This year, America Saves Week (ASW) runs from February 24 through 29.  The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits.  It’s also a great time for people to assess their own saving status, as planning and saving are key to a successful retirement.

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January.

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