Social Security Q&A: How Long Does It Take to Get a Child’s Card?

Question: I applied for my child’s Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long does it take? Answer: In most states it takes an average of three weeks to get the card, but in some states it can take longer. If you have not received your child’s card in a timely manner, please visit your local Social Security office. Be sure to take proof of your child’s citizenship, age and identity as well as proof of your...

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Social Security Q&A: Do I Have to Wait a Year to Apply for Disability?

Question: I heard that my disability must be expected to last at least one year to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Does this mean I have to wait until I’ve been disabled an entire year before applying for disability? Answer: No. If you believe your disability will last a year or longer, apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. Processing your application can take an average of three to five...

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How to Get A Disability Application ‘Fast-Tracked’

Question: I’ve heard there is a way for my daughter to get her disability application on the “fast track.” How does this work? Answer: If your daughter has one of the more than 200 impairments on the Compassionate Allowances list at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances, her application might be “fast-tracked” for a decision. Compassionate Allowances make it possible for applicants to receive a decision on their...

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Social Security Q&A: How Do I Terminate My Medicare Part B Insurance?

Question: How do I terminate my Medicare Part B? Answer: You can voluntarily terminate your Medicare Part B (medical insurance). But because this is a serious decision that could have negative ramifications for you in the future, you’ll need to have a personal interview with a Social Security representative first. The representative will help you complete Form CMS 1763. This form isn’t available online. To schedule your interview,...

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How Can I Replace My Lost Social Security Card?

Question: I’m 17 and eager to start my first job, but my mother misplaced my Social Security card. How can I get another? Answer: If you know your Social Security number, you may not need to obtain a replacement card to obtain employment. But if you do need the card, you can get a replacement by following the steps below. There is no charge, but you are limited to three per calendar year and 10 replacement cards during your lifetime....

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