Q. I heard there is a Social Security video available in American Sign Language. Where can I find it?
A. You can find the video on our website. The video is called "Social Security, SSI and Medicare: What You Need to Know About These Vital Programs." The video is available in American Sign Language and it presents important information about our programs. You can watch the video now at www.socialsecurity.gov/multimedia/video/asl. The video is a part of our larger collection of on-demand videos and webinars available at www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars.
Q. Can I apply for retirement benefits online?
A. Yes, you can and it is quick, convenient, and easy. You'll find the application information at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. You also can calculate your estimated benefits by using our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. Apply online and save a trip to the office and a wait in line. For more information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Q. I miss working. If I go back to work, will I automatically lose my Social Security disability benefits?
A. No. Social Security has several work incentives to help you ease back into the workforce. You may be able to continue receiving benefits during a "trial work period," and in most cases your medical coverage will continue after you begin working. We may be able to help you return to work without losing your benefits. These work incentives are like a safety net for people who want to go to work but aren't sure they can. For information about Social Security's work incentives, visit our website, the Work Site, at www.socialsecurity.gov/work or read the online Red Book on Work Incentives at www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook. For additional information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov or call us toll-free at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778).
Gregory Holmes is the district manager for Social Security in Chattanooga.