So­cial Se­cu­rity cel­e­brates black com­mu­ni­ties in Fe­bru­ary

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

In Fe­bru­ary, we honor African Amer­i­cans by cel­e­brat­ing Black His­tory Month. Cre­ated in 1926, this event co­in­cides with Abraham Lin­coln’s and Fred­er­ick Dou­glass’ birth­days. African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties have cel­e­brated these birth­days to­gether for over 90 years.

Hon­or­ing our shared his­tory is one way we can re­mem­ber that we be­lieve in free­dom and democ­racy for all. An­other shared be­lief is that we all de­serve a com­fort­able re­tire­ment, free of eco­nomic hard­ship.

So­cial Se­cu­rity has the tools to help you plan for your re­tire­ment and to ap­ply for ben­e­fits on­line. We also pay dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits to in­di­vid­u­als with med­i­cal con­di­tions that pre­vent them from work­ing for more than 12 months or that re­sult in death. If the dis­abled in­di­vid­ual has de­pen­dent fam­ily mem­bers, they may also be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive pay­ments.

We pay dis­abil­ity through two pro­grams: the So­cial Se­cu­rity Dis­abil­ity In­surance pro­gram, for peo­ple who have worked and paid So­cial Se­cu­rity taxes long enough to be el­i­gi­ble, and the Sup­ple­men­tal Se­cu­rity In­come pro­gram, which pays ben­e­fits based on fi­nan­cial need.

Wid­ows, wid­ow­ers, and their de­pen­dent chil- dren may be el­i­gi­ble for So­cial Se­cu­rity sur­vivor’s ben­e­fits. So­cial Se­cu­rity helps by pro­vid­ing in­come for the fam­i­lies of work­ers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 chil­dren could get ben­e­fits if a work­ing par­ent dies. And So­cial Se­cu­rity pays more ben­e­fits to chil­dren than any other fed­eral pro­gram.

You can learn more about re­tire­ment, sur­vivors, and dis­abil­ity bene- fits, at www.so­cialse­cu­rity. gov/ben­e­fits. So­cial Se­cu­rity is with you through­out life’s jour­ney, help­ing se­cure to­day and to­mor­row for you and your fam­ily. Visit us to­day at www. so­cialse­cu­rity.gov/peo­ple/ africanamer­i­cans.

Maria Ortega

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