So­cial Se­cu­rity cel­e­brates His­panic Her­itage Month

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Central Palm Beach County - - Front Page - Maria Diaz So­cial Se­cu­rity Maria Diaz is a pub­lic af­fairs spe­cial­ist for the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion. If you have So­cial Se­cu­rity ques­tions, call 800-772-1213.

We know the im­por­tance of “fa­milia” in His­panic cul­ture, and we’re proud to cel­e­brate His­panic Her­itage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) by help­ing build a se­cure fu­ture for you, your fam­ily, and your fu­ture fam­ily.

You can learn more about how So­cial Secu- rity helps se­cure to­day and to­mor­row for mil­lions of fam­i­lies by vis­it­ing www. so­cialse­cu­rity.gov/peo­ple/ his­pan­ics/.

His­pan­ics make up our na­tion’s largest eth­nic mi­nor­ity group with a pop­u­la­tion of 56.6 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to 2015 sta­tis­tics from the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau. So­cial Se­cu­rity is here to help main­tain and im­prove our eco­nomic well-be­ing for gen­er­a­tions to come.

Cur­rently, we do this by pro­vid­ing re­tire­ment, dis­abil­ity, and other ben­e­fits to 61 mil­lion peo­ple, in­clud­ing nearly 3.5 mil­lion His­pan­ics, who have con­trib­uted to the So­cial Se­cu­rity sys­tem through their pay­roll taxes. So­cial Se­cu­rity also pro­vides a safety net to the fam­i­lies of Amer­i­can work­ers who be­come un­able to work due to grave im­pair­ments or have died.

We work hard to pro­vide en­hanced cus­tomer ser­vice and to ed­u­cate mil­lions of Amer­i­cans about the im­por­tance of our pro­grams and ben­e­fits. This al­lows us to con­nect with the His­panic com­mu­nity in mean­ing­ful and ef­fi­cient ways.

If Span­ish is your pri­mary lan­guage, you can visit www.se­guroso­cial.gov, our Span­ish-lan­guage web- site. It pro­vides hun­dreds of pages of im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about how to get a So­cial Se­cu­rity card, plan for re­tire­ment, ap­ply for ben­e­fits, and man­age your ben­e­fits once you’re re­ceiv­ing them. Many of our of­fices have staff who speak Span­ish, or you can call 800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. week­days and se­lect the op­tion for Span­ish.

Na­tion­wide, our pub­lic af­fairs spe­cial­ists reach out to thou­sands of His­panic Amer­i­cans each year to raise aware­ness of the ben­e­fits they may qual­ify for and to learn the ad­van­tages of set­ting up a my So­cial Se­cu­rity ac­count at www. so­cialse­cu­rity.gov/my­ac­count.

Th­ese spe­cial­ists pro­mote our pro­grams at lo­cal events, health fairs, li­braries, schools, and com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions that serve the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the His­panic pop­u­la­tion. Some of our bilin­gual staff serve as con­trib­u­tors to Span­ish-lan­guage tele­vi­sion, ra­dio sta­tions, and news­pa­pers. They also visit em­bassies and con­sulates in the U.S. rep­re­sent­ing Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries to ed­u­cate diplo­matic lead­ers and new im­mi­grants about So­cial Se­cu­rity pro­grams.

Span­ish-speak­ing in­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to ap­ply for re­tire­ment, dis­abil­ity, sur­vivor, and other ben­e­fits, as well as Medi­care, can now re­quest an ap­point­ment on­line at www.so­cialse­cu­rity.gov/ap­ply­for­ben­e­fits for an in-per­son in­ter­view or tele­phone claim with a bilin­gual rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

We’re with you and your fam­ily through­out life’s jour­ney. To learn more about So­cial Se­cu­rity pro­grams, visit www.se­guroso­cial.gov or www.so­cialse­cu­rity.gov.

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