Skip to main content

Social Security

Legal Information > Information from Government Agencies
Elderly man.

This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Social Security issues in Pennsylvania.

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Survivors Planner: Planning For Your Survivors

Information from the Social Security Administration about help it can provide for your survivors when you die if you have earned enough Social Security credits through your work.

Disability Benefits

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Information from the National Association of Social Workers for people with HIV infection regarding disability benefits available through Social Security. [PDF]

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Self Employed: Social Security and Medicare

Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration for people who are self-employed regarding paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, earning credits, calculating net earnings, and more. (2022) [PDF]

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Direct Deposit

Information on receiving your benefits from the Social Security Administration by Direct Deposit or through a Direct Express debit card. The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits and you don't need a bank account.

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. This section of the SSA website helps you better understand the program, the application process, and the online tools and resources available to you.

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

About Your Social Security Number and Card

A Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. You should keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. Learn more about why you need one and how to get a number and a new or replacement Social Security Card.

Apply Online For Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security offers this online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes.

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

Disability Benefits

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]

Government Pension Offset - A Law that Affects Spouse's Or Widow(er)'s Benefits

If you receive a retirement or disability pension from a federal, state, or local government based on your own work for which you didn’t pay Social Security taxes, SSA may reduce your Social Security spouses or widows or widowers benefits. This fact sheet provides answers to questions you may have about the reduction. (May 2019)

Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number

Information from the Social Security Administration on protecting your Social Security number and preventing identity theft. [PDF] (July 2021)

If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help

Information from the Social Security Administration for those who are blind or have low vision regarding benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security. [PDF] (January 2022)

Online Services: Apply For Retirement, Disability or Medicare Benefits and Other Services from the Social Security Administration

From this webpage of the Social Security Administration you can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and more – from anywhere and from any of your devices!

Request for Social Security Earnings Information

This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] (02-2021) FREE yearly totals of earnings are available at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.

Self Employed: Social Security and Medicare

Fact Sheet from the Social Security Administration for people who are self-employed regarding paying Social Security and Medicare taxes, earning credits, calculating net earnings, and more. (2022) [PDF]

Social Security Benefit Application - Medicare

Online Medicare application from the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Information from the National Association of Social Workers for people with HIV infection regarding disability benefits available through Social Security. [PDF]

Social Security Direct Deposit

Information on receiving your benefits from the Social Security Administration by Direct Deposit or through a Direct Express debit card. The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to access your benefits and you don't need a bank account.

Social Security for Wounded Warriors (Webinar/Video)

This SSA webinar explains the Social Security disability claims process and expedited processing available to wounded warriors. This outreach program will provide general information about Social Security disability benefits as well as topics unique to wounded warriors. (Recorded 11/4/2009)

Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security is part of the retirement plan for almost every American worker. It provides replacement income for qualified retirees and their families. This section of the SSA website helps you better understand the program, the application process, and the online tools and resources available to you.

Survivors Planner: Planning For Your Survivors

Information from the Social Security Administration about help it can provide for your survivors when you die if you have earned enough Social Security credits through your work.

The role of a representative payee

Information on the duties and responsibilities of a Representative Payee appointed by the Social Security Administration to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of their benefits.

What You Need To Know About Misleading Advertising

Fact Sheet warns against misleading advertisers. Don't pay someone else for services which Social Security will do for free, including correcting your name on your social security card, obtaining replacement cards or new cards for children, and obtaining social security statements. (September 2018)

Back to top