5 Benefits You Can Apply for Using SSA.GOV
September 3, 2023 at 8:48 a.m.
The Social Security Administration continues to make it easier for you to access programs and benefits. The ssa.gov website offers a convenient way to apply for benefits online.
Here are 5 ways you can apply for benefits using ssa.gov.
Retirement or Spouse's Benefits – You must be at least 61 years and 9 months and want your benefits to start in no more than 4 months. Apply at www.ssa.gov/retirement.
Disability Benefits – You can use our online application, available at www.ssa.gov/benefits/disability to apply for disability benefits if you:
Are age 18 or older.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – SSI provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have income and resources below specific financial limits. SSI payments are also made to people age 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial qualifications. If you meet certain requirements, you may begin the process online by letting us know you would like to apply for SSI at www.ssa.gov/ssi. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call your local Social Security office to make an appointment to apply.
Medicare – Medicare is a federal health insurance program for:
People age 65 or older.
If you are not already receiving Social Security benefits, you should apply for Medicare 3 months before turning age 65 at www.ssa.gov/medicare.
Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Costs – The Extra Help program helps with the cost of your prescription drugs, like deductibles and copays. People who need assistance with the cost of medications can apply for Extra Help at www.ssa.gov/medicare/part-d-extra-help.