NARFE - Chapter 95
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News from Chapter 95

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New Online Social Security Services. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the agency is expanding the services available with a my Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online.

“We are making it even easier for people to do their business with us from the comfort of their home, office, or library,” Commissioner Astrue said. “I encourage people of all ages to take advantage of our award-winning online services and check out the new features available through an online my Social Security account.”

Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients with a my Social Security account can go online and get an official benefit verification letter instantly. The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. People can print or save a customized letter.

This new online service allows people to conduct business with Social Security without having to visit an office or make a phone call, and very often wait for a letter to arrive in the mail. It also will reduce the time spent by employees completing these requests and free them to focus on other workloads.

People age 18 and older can sign up for an account at: www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.   Once there, they must be able to provide information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely to know. After completing the secure verification process, people can create a my Social Security account with a unique user name and password to access their information.

 In addition, the portal also includes links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare.

For more information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is NARFE's charity with over $15 million having been donated over the years.  Chapter 95 raises money for Alzheimer's through a 50-50 drawing at each meeting. 

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FEEA 

The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund provides emergency grants and loans up to $500 to NARFE members affected by a natural disaster. For more information, click on FEEA Disaster Fund in the left column.