Social Security is always evolving to meet the needs of the American public. Weâ€™re optimistic about the future and the limitless possibilities for progress. Much of the progress weâ€™ve made together, as a nation, is through the shared responsibility of paying Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. This federal payroll tax funds Social Securityâ€” programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers. You help us keep millions of hard working Americans out of poverty.
At Social Security, weâ€™re always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. Itâ€™s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldnâ€™t be happier with the content weâ€™ve been able to provide! This blog is exactly what we envisioned: an honest conversation with you about our programs, the topics that matter to you, and how our agency can better serve you.
Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans.
Today, the Social Security Administration announces the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.
January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day â€” a national holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality. Many people commemorate this holiday by serving their community and giving to others who may be less fortunate. In many ways, this is what Social Security does every day, all year long.