Social Security tip: Website gets a new look


Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:52 p.m.

The Social Security home page — www.socialsecurity.gov — has a new look.

The redesigned home page now features a service channeling guide on the left side of the page that lists the most sought-after services and information on the site. You will find the information or service you want quickly and easily, including links to the following:

Applying online for benefits.

Estimating your retirement benefit.

Getting extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs.

Receiving services for people who already receive benefits.

Getting or replacing a Social Security card.

You can find information categorized by general topic at the top of the home page, under such headings as retirement, disability, survivors, supplemental security income, Medicare and business services.

At the center of the page, you will find information targeted to specific groups, such as Congress, the press, wounded warriors and government employees, as well as useful links to information ranging from emergency office closings to getting help with your particular situation. You also will find information about the agency itself, such as careers with Social Security and the history of Social Security.

A news section keeps readers up to date on important Social Security news and a large question mark to the right of the page takes you to frequently asked questions. So visit the redesigned home page the next time you need a service or information from Social Security.

Find it now at www.socialsecurity.gov.

Ruqayyah Nicholas is the district manager of the Social Security Administration office in Gainesville.

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