The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows Internet users to apply for social security benefits, find out if they qualify for benefits, receive their social security statements and appeal a decision online. There are also options for businesses, third parties and governments on the website, according to the SSA.
Those who are retiring may apply online for Social Security benefits in less than 30 minutes. Before applying, applicants should gather information such as any Medicaid information, current health insurance and military service records before beginning the application process.
Social security services are now available online for viewing at any time. Users simply create a My Social Security account to access this statement.
To appeal a decision for disability payments online, users should gather pertinent information such as medications, changes in a medical condition and all supporting documents including medical reports and written statements, notes the SSA. Online, submitting an appeal takes less than an hour.
Businesses can report wages and verify social security numbers on the SSA website as well as submitting health records to the government.
One of the most important services the SSA provides its online users is the ability to block all electronic access to information. This is especially important to victims of identity theft and domestic violence.