A novel (but good) idea for a holiday gift

| December 19, 2013
Chuck Stovall

Chuck Stovall


Do you have family members or friends on your gift list this holiday season?  And are you once again wondering what to give them?  Well, you might think about giving them something that will help them for years to comeassistance in creating their own my Social Security account.

It’s imaginative, practical, and potentially very valuable.  Here’s why.

For many people, there is no gift as precious as time.  And when they weigh the value of time spent waiting in line in a government office, or time spent with friends and family after quickly conducting Social Security business online, they will be grateful indeed.

And, the gift of helping them apply for a my Social Security account has all the variety of a holiday candy sampler.  After creating a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov, a person can:

• get an instant, personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits;

• apply for retirement, disability, spouse’s, and Medicare benefits;

• check the status of a benefit application;

• change address and phone number, if receiving monthly Social Security benefits;

• sign-up for direct deposit of Social Security benefits;

• use our benefit planners to help better understand Social Security options when planning for a financial future;

• request a replacement Medicare card; and

• apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs.

Wow!  That’s a pretty impressive package for the holiday gift-giving list.  So be creative.  Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and share the gift of potential time-saved with a relative or friend.

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Chuck Stovall is an assistant district manager with the Social Security Administration.

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