Social Security - FAQ

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The Social Security Administration's Website, Social Security Online, provides information on Retirement, Medicare, Disability and SSI, and Survivors' Benefits.  The site permits online applications for retirement, disability or spousal benefits.


SSA publications

SSA Forms

Laws, Regulations, Rulings, and Handbook

Find an Answer to your Social Security Questions

Social Security Survivor's Benefits

Compilation of the Social Security Laws

To get a new or replacement Social Security card

NOLO Encyclopedia articles: Health Care (including Medicare, Long term care and Social Security Disability)  ; Social Security & Retirement ;   Social Security FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Ohio State Bar Association's The Law and You discusses Social Security  benefits at pages 166-167, Chapter 11, Workplace Law.


See also the Law Library's Medicare and Medicaid Law Research Guide.



If you have a citation to a specific law or regulation, there is electonic access:

United States Code (Via GPO Access)  Unannotated.

Legal Information Institute (LII) (Cornell Univ.): Federal Law


Code of Federal Regulations (via GPO Access)

CFR via LexisNexis Academic HeinOnline (1938-current versions) (CSU access)

CFR -- Current year in print on the First Level rotunda (Reference Area) of the Law Library KF 70 .A3. The previous two years in print - Second Level; complete backrun on microfilm and microfiche - Base Level. 

Federal Register (via GPO Access) (Daily; proposed and final regulations; notices)

FR via LexisNexis Academic (CSU access)

FR -- print current and prior year - First Level rotunda (Reference Area) of the Law Library  KF 70 .A2    Complete backrun on microfilm and microfiche on the Base Level. - Elder Law Information on Social Security related topics

The DisabilityLawyers.Com  provides  Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Law also provides a list of  Social Security Disability Questions

Note:  These websites are also lawyer referral sites.  Their listing here if for informational purposes only, and does not imply  endorsement or recommendation.



Print titles at the Law Library which may be useful for more extensive research:

Social Security Law and Practice / Thomson West / Multivolume, supplemented set. Vol. 1: Overview; Covered Earnings; Vol. 2: Benefit Programs (Chapt. 17: Survivor's Benefits); Vol. 2A: Benefit Computation; Applications and Payments; Vol. 3: Showing Disability; Vol. 4: Representation; Administrative Proceedings; Judicial Proceedings; Vol. 5: Medicare; Taxes; Vols. 6, 6A, 7: Statutes and Regulations; Vol. 8: Regulations and Newsletter ; Vol. 9: Index; Tables. KF 3649 .S63

Social Security Claims and Procedures / Harvey L. McCormick, 2 vol, Westlaw, KF3649 .M27 2009

United States Code Annotated / Thomson West / Multivolume supplemented code set with historical notes and also annotations leading to court decisions interpreting provisions of the law. Title 42 includes Social Security; 26 U.S.C.A. § 3101 et seq. Federal Insurance Contributions Act. Reference and 2nd Level. KF 62.5 .W45

United States Code Service (USCS) (LexisNexis),  Print:    Reference KF 62 .L38

United States Code Service (via LexisNexis Academic)

Both publishers' print codes have a multi-volume subject index. Start there and then go to the Title and Section number.  Remember to check the pocket part supplement or pamphlet under the same Title and Section number for updated information -- any amendments to the Code, references to newer court decisions, etc.

Federal Procedure / Thomson West / Multivolume, supplemented set. Chapter 71: Social Security and Medicare. Reference KF 8835 .F43

JRN 2/04, MR 6/28/07, 1/12/09
links checked 11/22/10 sa