September 11, 2013
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, people across the country will join in recognizing the many contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.
For years, Social Security’s website has been a leader in providing information and services in Spanish. Find out what we have to offer by visiting www.segurosocial.gov.
This year, we launched a brand new mobile-friendly site that offers the same great service on your mobile device when you’re on the run. Try it out on your smartphone at www.segurosocial.gov. There, you can learn all about our 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 we offer in Spanish, you also can take advantage of several of our 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 what’s 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 your financial future.
When you are ready to retire, you can apply online for retirement benefits … all in Spanish … and in as little as 15 minutes! Once you complete the online application for benefits, in most cases, that’s all there is to it. No papers to sign or documents to provide. Give it a try when you’re ready to retire at www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/soliciteporinternet.
If you need to visit an office and speak with someone in Spanish, we have interpreter services available in the event that there is not a Spanish-speaking representative working in the office. To learn about our interpreter services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/interpreter.htm.
In addition, our 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; it’s as easy as that to get service in the language with which you’re most comfortable.
So, whether it is on a computer, a mobile device, through face-to-face office visits, or over our 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.
— Brenda Brown is Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, N.C.