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It's official. I applied today for Social Security benefits. My "full retirement age" is 66, which I will reach in August, and they sent a letter saying "we'd like to have 3 months notice." Letter arrived one week late. I applied online, and it went almost too quickly. I was sort of nonplussed when the questionnaire asked for my Social Security Number, after I had entered my name. I mean. . .everyone else has to steal it, but surely YOU have it, oh Social Security Administration!

According to their benefit calculator, the monthly benefit at age 70, maximum retirement age, would be quite a bit more a month, but I would have to live until age 92 to "make a profit" on income lost between now and age 70. I'll be thrilled to reach 2044 or so and have to declare "gee, I made a mistake back in 2017." As things stand, I just hope that Social Security lasts that long. The way things are going, I just hope Washington isn't underwater by then.

Let's hope this deceptively simple online application does what it's supposed to do--and the bureaucracy does what IT's supposed to do. We'll see, come August.

Date: 2017-05-25 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
A milestone, my friend. I hope you and Social Security live long and prosper.

Nine

Date: 2017-05-26 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] negothick.livejournal.com
Thank you! And I think I figured out how to add you on DW as well.

Date: 2017-05-26 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] negothick.livejournal.com
The acknowledgment email I received on the 24th informed me that my case had been assigned to the Albuquerque office. I was also ordered to create an online account at "MySocialSecurity." Three tries and two phone calls to the help line later, I was told that the only recourse would be to visit the nearest office in person. Luckily, it's close by. I asked the clerk about being assigned to Albuquerque. "Don't worry. Just standard practice." The problem setting up the account. "Ditto." She unlocked whatever needed unlocking, I went home, I created the account.

I have to wonder about the folks on disability, the blind, the truly elderly, the poor without Internet access--the very ones who need online services the most. What luck do they have setting up an account, if I had such a hard time doing so?

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