As you enter your retirement years, you want to make sure that you are getting the most from your Social Security benefits. They are there to help you, and if you know the ins and outs your retirement could be much more enjoyable. Miami is a great place to not only retire but get help with Social Security because there are numerous offices in the area plus online support and a toll-free number.
There are six different Social Security offices in the Miami area:
Social Security Office at 11401 W. Flagler St. Social Security Office at 8345 Biscayne Blvd. Social Security Office at 1251 NW 36th St. Social Security Office at 6101 Blue Lagoon Dr. Suite 300 Social Security Office at 16900 NW 12th Ave. Social Security Office at 11100 SW 211 St.
You can find more information about their hours and days they are open here. If for some reason one of these locations doesn’t work for you, you can use the SSA office locator to find the closest office to your zip code. You can also call toll-free at (800)-772-1213 and those that are hard of hearing can call (800)-325-0778. You’ll find live representatives during the hours of 7 A.M to 7 P.M. Monday through Friday. If you can’t call during those hours, there is a 24-hour automated service that might be able to handle your issue.
So what can you do at your local Social Security office? The main thing you will want to take advantage of are any of the benefits services. This includes things like retirement benefits, disability benefits, and survivors benefits for those who are left after a loved one's death. Each location can take you through all the various steps and answer any questions you might have.
You can also request a replacement Social Security card here if yours is lost or damaged or you need a new one because of a name change. Lost or damaged Medicare cards can also be replaced at your local office.
If you aren’t ready to retire but receive disability benefits, there are a few work incentive programs that could help you. Ticket to Work is for anyone 18 to 64 who is on disability that wants to move up in their job and become self-sufficient. You can also look into the PASS program or Plan for Achieving Self-Support to meet your job and financial goals even while on disability.
If you have access to a computer and would rather deal with Social Security from the comfort of your own home, then you can look into their online services. Pretty much anything you can do at your local office, you can access online. Things like:
Block electronic access to your information Request a new card Estimate future benefits Plan for retirement Calculate future benefits Appeal a decision See all Social Security statements
All of these services plus more are available online. There are even tools like a variety of online calculators that will let you estimate what you could earn on Social Security. If you’re interested in utilizing these online services, create an account at My Social Security. This account will allow you secure access to everything online and let you get the most out of all your benefits.
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