In April, (Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) invited Americans to celebrate the first National Social Security Month by learning more about the agency's protections and developing a financial plan that includes Social Security.

Social Security keeps roughly one-third of older African Americans and Hispanics and 20 percent of older Asians out of poverty. One-third of older African Americans and Hispanics in families receiving Social Security depend on it for more than 90 percent of their family income.1

The National Social Security Month campaign highlighted five steps that help promote financial security:

  1. Get to know your Social Security
  2. Verify your lifetime earnings with a my Social Security account
  3. Estimate your Social Security benefits at my Social Security
  4. Apply online for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits, and
  5. Manage your Social Security benefits.

Social Security will participate in a Facebook Live Chat, hosted by on April 20, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
This forum will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions about benefits and services via livestream.
To participate, follow and Social Security on Facebook. For more information on National Social Security Month, visit

To learn more about retirement planning and the SSA programs and services available to help secure your today and tomorrow, visit


1AARP Public Policy Institute: Social Security: "A Key Retirement Income Source for Older Minorities"



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