AARP Article: 8 Things You Didn’t Know Social Security Could Do for You

The array of surprising and useful services goes beyond monthly checks

For many people, Social Security’s function begins and ends with a monthly payment. And to be sure, ensuring benefits get delivered on time and in full to tens of millions of older adults, people with disabilities and members of their families 12 times a year is the agency’s job one.

But over its history, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has added numerous special services to help customers (that’s you and me) deal with pressing medical, familial and financial issues. Here are some of the lesser-known things Social Security can do for you.

1. Expedited disability claims

As of late 2021, the average processing time for a Social Security disability claim was more than five months. And that’s just the initial application; it can take many more months, even years, to appeal a claim that’s first denied…

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