Social Security has become more than a benefit for retirement. The Social Security Administration (SSA) now helps seniors plan for retirement by offering resources and planning tools both online and off. The SSA reports that about 168 million people pay into Social Security each year and over 40 million seniors are receiving retirement benefits.
There are several Social Security offices in Los Angeles:
12429 S. Avalon Boulevard 4000 Wilshire Boulevard 611 W. 6th Street 1115 W. Adams Boulevard 3840 Crenshaw Boulevard 215 N. Soto Street 11500 W. Olympic Boulevard
Local office phone numbers are generally not given, however you can contact the SSA, Monday through Friday from 7AM until 7PM, toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. TDD service is available at-1-800-325-0778. The SSA’s website offers an office locator if you are looking for an office outside of the city limits or in a surrounding area. Simply enter your zip code into the locator field.
If you need to apply for retirement, replace a lost card, or update information, you can do this at your nearest office. To avoid potential long waiting times at the field office, you can access the SSA’s automated line 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-772-1213. This main number will allow you to do several tasks from the comfort of your home:
Replace a lost or damaged Social Security or Medicare card
Request a benefit verification letter or replacement tax summary
Request a form SA-1020 to apply for the Medicare Part D Program for prescription medication costs
Check claim status
Apply for a name change on the Social Security card
The help line can also provide you with recorded information on direct deposit, SSI, taxes, cost-of-living adjustments, payment delivery dates, non-receipt of the Social Security benefit, and fraud.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 64, receive SSI or SSDI, and are planning for retirement, you may be eligible for the Ticket to Work Program in California. This program will enable you to enter the workforce while not losing any of your benefits, including Medicare or Medicaid. The program can provide you with education, job training, transportation to work, adaptive equipment, resumes, and job searches. You can call the Ticket to Work help line at 1-866-968-7842 for more information.
For faster service, consider creating a my Social Security online account. Over 23 million people use the site’s tools and retirement planning resources. Not only can you apply for benefits and request cards, you will have access to the online calculators and retirement estimator. You will be able to manage direct deposit, check the status of your claim, and appeal a decision online within minutes, saving you time and travel.
More than 565,000 seniors age 65 and over receive Social Security benefits in California and 214,625 of those seniors are in Los Angeles County. Visit a local office, call the toll-free number, or use the free online resource to learn more.
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