Social Security Launches New Spanish Online Services
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TV superstar Don Francisco helps announce retirement and medicare extra help applications
18, 2011 – Social Security’s most popular online services – the applications for retirement and Medicare and for Extra Help with
Medicare prescription drug costs - are now available in Spanish. The new online services are available at
www.segurosocial.gov, which is the Spanish version of Social Security’s award winning website,
“The Spanish online applications for retirement, Medicare, and Extra Help with Medicare prescription
drug costs are so easy and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security.
“I’m proud that Social Security is a leader in the Federal government in providing service in
Spanish, and I thank Don Francisco for volunteering his time to help spread the word about these new online services.”
In addition to the new applications, Social Security has also recently made online estimates of
retirement benefits available in Spanish. People interested in planning for retirement can get an immediate, personalized estimate of their
Social Security benefit by using the Retirement Estimator at
Using people’s actual wages from their Social Security record, the Estimator gives a good idea of
what to expect in retirement. Workers can enter in different dates and future wage projections to get estimates for different retirement
scenarios, which is why this service is one of the most highly rated electronic services in the public or private sector.
“I have good news to share with the millions of Americans who prefer to conduct business in
Spanish, said Don Francisco, who will appear in several new public service announcements for Social Security.
“You can now apply online for Social Security retirement and Medicare benefits in Spanish, as well
as take advantage of other online services offered in Spanish at
www.segurosocial.gov. ¡Es tan fácil!”
Once people complete the online application and “sign” it with the click of a mouse, the application
is complete and, in most cases, there are no documents to submit or additional paperwork to fill out. It’s the easiest way to apply, and now
it’s available in Spanish.
Social Security also noted, “The program that provides Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug
costs is NOT available to residents of Puerto Rico because the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 made other provisions for Puerto Rico.”
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