Social Security launches work website

Social Security recently launched a new website, The Work Site, to bring together employers looking for new workers and Americans with disabilities looking for jobs. “Go to www.ssa.gov/work and you’ll find information on everything from training programs for people with disabilities to tax incentives for the employers who hire them,” states Fredi Franki, Social Security manager in San Angelo, Texas. “We all win when all Americans have a chance to work.” The website contains important information and support for people who collect Social Security or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits, employers, service providers, advocates and anyone else who wants to help people with disabilities work. “The new web site is fully accessible for all people with disabilities,” explains Franki. “Fewer than five percent of all Internet sites are accessible to people who are visually or hearing impaired or have limited dexterity. The Work Site puts important, but often hard-to-find information in one easy-to-access location.” Franki said the work website will help to increase public awareness of the new law that expands opportunities for work for people with disabilities. To find out about Social Security’s return-to-work programs and work incentives, visit this important, new information source at www.ssa.gov/work. H H H Social Security beneficiaries who plan to travel outside of the United States should be aware that there are certain rules that may affect their retirement, survivors or disability benefits, according to Fredi Franki, Social Security manager in San Angelo, Texas. “Outside of the United States” means that you are not in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Marina Islands or American Samoa. “Once you have been away from the United States for at least 30 days in a row, you are considered to be outside the country until you return and stay in the United States for at least 30 days in a row,” she stated. These rules cover citizenship of the beneficiary, country of residence and type of Social Security check. The brochure, Your Payments While You Are Outside The United States, will help answer any questions you may have. To obtain a copy of the brochure, log on to Social Security’s website, www.ssa.gov, or call Social Security’s toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. In addition, if a beneficiary gets sick or hurt while traveling in a foreign country, Medicare generally does not cover hospital or medical services furnished outside the United States. For further information, contact Medicare at their website, www.medicare. gov, or call 1-800-MEDICAR (1-800-633-4227) for further information.

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