Services: Get Help With Social Security Card Social Security Retirement Access Medicare Services Access Medicaid Services Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Supplemental Security Income In-person hearings And much more
Reading PA Social Security field office works with the Social Security Administration to assign Social Security numbers to U.S. Citizens. They also assist in maintaining earnings records under workers Social Security numbers and administrates Supplemental Security Income program for the aged, blind and disabled. You can visit your local SS office and apply for your monthly retirement, survivor or disability cash benefits for which you qualify.
What should I do before visiting my local Social Security Office?
It’s always best to call and set an appointment with your local Social Security office before visiting. To make an appointment you need to:
Call Social Security at 800.772.1213.
Tell the automated system that you need an office appointment.
Speak to a Social Security worker over the phone to request your office appointment.
What if I just do a walk in at a local Social Security Office?
If you do a walk in without an appointment you may encounter long delays and wait time. Without an appointment, SSA officials said you should expect long lines, especially during the busiest times in local offices; typically, on Mondays, the morning after a federal holiday or the first week of the month.
What documents should I bring with me at my local Social Security office appointment?
Depending on what services you may need such as replacement of your Social Security card, Medicare or Medicaid Services – you may need to have certain documents on hand, such as your:
Social Security number
Proof of United States citizenship or legal US residency
Your Social Security Card
Proof of address
Bank statements and/or proof of income
Proof of household inhabitants
Marriage or divorce records
U.S. military service papers
A copy of W-2 forms and/or self-employment tax return for the previous year
If I can’t visit my local Social Security Office because of illness or mobility issues, what do I do?
Many Social Security services are available to you by calling the automated telephone services toll-free at 1‑800‑772‑1213. You can get recorded information and conduct some business 24 hours a day.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call their TTY number at 1‑800‑325‑0778.
What social security services are available to me online if I can’t visit my local office?
Social Security Administration Office of Public Inquiries and Communications Support 1100 West High Rise 6401 Security Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21235
Altoona PA Social Security Office Tips:
Show Up Early: Social Security office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand every person needs to provide Social Security number when required by a business or government entity. So, a lot of people may be at the Social Security office with questions or concerns related to their Social Security number or benefits.
Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local Social Security office, if you are late you will have to wait. the best way to avoid the long lines at the social security office is to get to the office early.
Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for your Social Security Card or any other Social Security issues, be sure to take with you all your required documents.
Bring a snack: With the often-long wait, you may get hungry. If you do, you can snack while you wait in Social Security office. You don’t want to miss your number being called because you went out to buy a snack.
Keep a Cool Head: With lots of people at the Social Security office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and lose you cool. Remember that the social security office counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along. Above all, enjoy the day. You may meet a friend while you wait.
Q) I’ve been trying to communicate to the SSA that I’m not required to submit Representative Payee Report. How can I correct this misinformation? A ) According to the Social Security Administration “Social Security’s Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for our beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. We appoint […]
Q) My ex-husband died, how can I apply for his social security. A) A person can receive benefits as a divorced spouse on a former spouse’s Social Security record if he or she: Was married to the former spouse for at least 10 years;Is at least age 62 years old;Is unmarried; andIs not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on his or her own record. […]
Q) My husband and I are legal US residents, have been here since 1994, but have not got enough points for Medicare etc. We are seniors on a very restricted income, is it possible for us to get Medicaid? A) You may qualify for Medicaid based on your income, household size, disability, family status, and other factors. But if your […]
Q) Does the surviving spouse of a worker, married at the time of death and living with the worker at the time death, and both collecting social security prior to the time of death [the surviving spouse, a wife, has already received notice from SSA that she will begin receiving her monthly widow’s benefits] have to file an actual application for […]
Q) I am a 100% VA disabled veteran, (permanent, total and confined to my home) due to combat wounds received in Korea and South Viet Nam. Am confined to my home (declared home bound) and am unable to get to our local Social Security Office as all available telephone numbers have been disconnected or ring busy all day during normal […]
Q) Am I able to retire at age 65 3-23-2015, and have enough to retire on? A) According to the Social Security Administration – Benefit estimates depend on your date of birth and on your earnings history. For security, the “Quick Calculator” does not access your earnings record; instead, it will estimate your earnings based on information you provide. So benefit estimates […]
Q) My mother passed away Oct 1st of this year and I still haven’t got her Death Cert yet, I got a letter in the mail stating I only had 5 days to return some info along with her Death cert, what happens if I haven’t gotten yet? A) According to Social Security administration – You […]
A) You can apply for your Social Security benefits online. If you cannot submit your application online you can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778); or Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits a local Social Security Administration office. Visits for most offices are usually by appointment only so call 1-800-772-1213 to set up your […]
Q) I was told that when I start working full time I would no longer be eligible for benefits I am working fulltime. A) You can get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. However, if you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, we will reduce your benefit. Starting with the month you reach […]