The blog, named „Social Security Matters”, was inaugurated in July, and aims to become a platform for answering questions and unclarities which remains after official announcements are issued. It is also a more in-depth platform all news regarding the federal program.
It offers a lot of information regarding retirement plans and tips on how to manage them, the types of disabily benefits one is entitled to and also concerning others who qualify for the program. According to the Social Security Administration, it is meant to extend dialogue with the public past current social media means such as Facebook or Twitter, being considered as an „amazing enhancement” to its social media outreach.
„Social Security Matters allows us to speak to a broad audience in articles that explain how our programs and services affect you. And the blog lets you provide meaningful feedback that can help us serve the public more effectively” is said in a statement by the Social Security Administration.
The blog is also meant to spread information more easily and make it reacheable even to those who haven’t liked the program’s Facebook page or followed it on Twitter. The blog has an integrated sharing mechanism which allows users to simply post the information they think is relevant to their social media profiles with only one button press, on any internet-supporting device. People can also subscribe to receive updates from the blog via e-mail.
The blog was launched as Social Security will reach its 80th birthday next week. The Social Security Act was first signed into effect by President Franklin Roosevelt on August 14th, 1935, and it only included retirement benefits for workers. Nowadays it extends over quite a high number of people, ranging from people with disabilities and chronic diseases to survivors of a working spouse.
To qualify for Social Security, workers need to pay taxes related to it for which they receive 4 credits each year. They will be able to receive benefits once they reach 40 credits, or after 10 years of paying said taxes. The quantity of the benefit is established by the worker’s career earnings and the age at which he retires; this grows if chooses to retire at an older age than the minimum of 62.
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