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Social Security Q&A: Manage benefits with 'my Social Security' online account

Q: Why should I sign up for a "my Social Security" online account?

A: "my Social Security" gives you a personal online account you can securely use to check your Social Security information and do business with us. With a "mySocial Security" account you can:

-- Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year

--Get an estimate of your ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Supplemental Security Income

Q: I know you need to have limited resources to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But what is considered a resource?

A: Resources are things you own that you can use for support. They include cash, real estate, personal belongings, bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. To be eligible for SSI a person must have no more than $2,000 in ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Plan for and manage your benefits at Social Security website

Q: What can I do at

A: There are many things you can do on Social Security's website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business with us online at You can get an estimate of future benefits, find out if you qualify for benefits now, and even apply for benefits. You can ...Read more

Cancer now kills more people than heart disease in 22 states

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That total is in stark contrast to the situation at the start of this century, when only two states -- Alaska and Minnesota -- lost more people to cancer than heart ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Social Security number

Q: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business?

A: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don't give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., are free ...Read more

Viral Hepatitis Kills -- A Lot

Tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS are global scourges, killing millions of people worldwide each year. Viral hepatitis is worse. A report published in the Lancet looked at death data from 183 countries and found the mortality rate for viral hepatitis is growing, from 890,000 deaths in 1990 to 1.45 million in 2013.

That's more people killed by ...Read more