Barack Obama on Social Security Staffing

Waiting times are bad if you walk into a Social Security office for help. The reason is staffing cuts and a steadily increasing number of visitors to Social Security offices. It’s not all Disability claims, over 10,000 people are reaching retirement age EVERY DAY in the USA. That means a LOT of people will be crowding into your local Social Security office on a daily basis from now on. Social Security is trying to take care of the retirement application crush by encouraging people to file their own claims online and encouraging people to not go into the office at all. Of course, many people prefer to talk to someone in person when they file for their retirement benefits, so it is not necessarily a solution to the problem.

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Completing the 3368, page 3

This page is about your work history, where you worked, what kind of work you did, how long you worked at each job, and how much you were paid.

The official SSA website says this about the work history questions;

We need to find out about your past work to decide if you can still do it. To make this decision, we need to know how you did your job. We also need to know if you learned skills on your job.

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Completing the SSA-3368, Page 2, I & J

Questions I and J, about your work activity ending. The questions are – when did you stop working, and why?

  • Are you working, YES or NO,
  • If not, when did you stop working,
  • And most importantly, WHY did you stop working?

Notice that the space allowed for why you stopped working is 3 1/2 lines. Don’t enter a one word answer here. Explain in detail what led up to your job ending.

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Completing the SSA-3368, Page 2, G & H

Question G, “Did you work at any time after the date your illnesses, injuries, or conditions first interfered with our ability to work?”

With this question we get into a more complex area. They are trying to find out if you were off work for more than 30 days, and then went back to work for less than 6 months. The point is, you might be able to claim an earlier date of onset. And that can mean a big difference in the amount of your back pay, and the date you will become eligible for Medicare. I’ll go over 3 examples.

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