Social Security is a big part of retirees’ incomes and lives. It is vital to your everyday living. There are many Social Security offices around to help you with replacing a card, applying for benefits, or any other issue. You can visit a local office, call one of the specific toll-free numbers, or request services online, whichever you prefer.
There is a local Social Security office in Laredo. The address is 215 Calle Del Norte; this office is east of Mall del Norte. The main phone line is 1.866.704.4857. The TTY line is 1.800.325.0778. The office is open Monday - Friday, with hours of 9-4 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The office is open on Wednesday from 9-12.
If you can’t find your Social Security card or need your name changed, you can visit your local Social Security office. At this office, you can also request a replacement Medicare card if you need it, whether it was lost or damaged.
If you are 65 or under and receive Social Security disability, you may qualify for the SSA’s free program “Ticket to Work.” This program helps members learn new skills and find employment while receiving benefits. There are area agencies who can assist you with this program. To find the best match, call the Helpline at 1.866.968.7842.
You can have a local speaker come to your club, group, senior community, or workplace to discuss Social Security benefits. Be sure to give 30 days notice. You can visit the website to fill out a Request a Speaker form. You can also request free translator services to accommodate all languages.
Going to a Social Security office may be hard for you or take too much time. Good news is that there are many online options for Social Security services that don’t require you to leave your home or computer. Some of these online tasks include:
Apply for Social Security benefits
Ask for a replacement card
Estimate future benefits
Receive or view your Social Security statements
Check to see if you qualify for benefits
Dispute a recent medical decision or check your appeal status
There are other online tasks available including blocking online and phone access to Social Security information, which is crucial for identity theft victims and other abuse victims to get financial privacy. You can also create your My Social Security account to view all your information including earnings, statements, and estimated retirement benefits. You can also update your contact information and direct deposit amount, download a benefit verification letter, request a Medicare replacement card, and get another form (SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S) for tax season.
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