During National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, people across the country will join in recognizing the many contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.
For years, Social Securityís website has been a leader in providing information and services in Spanish. Find out whatís out there by visiting www.segurosocial.gov.
This year, the Social Security Administration launched a new, mobile-friendly site that offers service on mobile devices.
Try it out at www.segurosocial.gov. There, you can learn all about SSA programs and online services, and view more than 100 Spanish public information pamphlets, leaflets and fact sheets.
Computer and tablet users can do even more at www.segurosocial.gov. In addition to all the information and materials offered in Spanish, you also can take advantage of several, popular online services in Spanish.
One of the best features of the site is the Spanish-language retirement estimator located at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador. The retirement estimator allows visitors to receive an instant, personalized estimate of future retirement benefits. And whatís better, visitors can try out different scenarios to see how their future benefits would change, like changing future wage estimates or retirement dates. It is a great tool for planning financial futures.
When you are ready to retire, you can apply online for retirement benefits, all in Spanish, and in as little as 15 minutes. Once the online application for benefit is completed, in most cases, thatís all there is to it. No papers to sign or documents to provide. Give it a try when youíre ready to retire at www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/soliciteporinternet.
If you need to visit an office and speak with someone in Spanish, SSA has interpreter services available in the event that there is not a Spanish-speaking representative working in the office.
To learn about SSA interpreter services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/interpreter.htm.
In addition, the national toll-free number (1-800-772-1213) provides automated prompts in Spanish for all callers.
Toward the beginning of the call, you will be asked to continue in English or Spanish. Itís as easy as that to get service in the language with which youíre most comfortable.
So, whether it is on a computer, a mobile device, through face-to-face office visits, or over the national 800 number, Social Security remains committed to providing quality service to an increasingly more diverse American public.
This National Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.segurosocial.gov on your computer, tablet, or mobile device to learn about Social Security.