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The first thing that a lot of seniors want to know is how do I get in touch with the Social Security Administration in their area. To that end we have provided a list and contact information below for all of the Social Security regional offices. You can copy and paste the e-mail address into your e-mail program. Check this page and our Newsletter from time to time for Social Security updates.

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What's New for 2018 at Social Security

In 2018, the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount increased from$1,170 to $1,180 for non-blind individuals and from $1,950 to $1,970 for blind individuals.

The monthly earnings amount that we use to determine if a month counts for the Trial Work Period month increased from $840 to $850 per month in 2018.

In 2018, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) increased from $735 to $750 per month for an eligible individual and $1,103 to $1,125 per month for an eligible couple.

In 2018, the amount of earnings that will have no effect on eligibility or benefits for SSI beneficiaries who are students increased from $7,200 to $7,350 a year. The amount of earnings that we can exclude each month, until we have excluded the maximum for the year, increased from $1,790 to $1,820 a month.

For 2018, the monthly Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Base Premium is $422 and the 45 percent Reduced Premium is $232. The Part B Supplemental Medical Insurance monthly base premium is $134.00 (or higher depending on your income). However, most people who get Social Security benefits will pay less than this amount. This is because the Part B premium is more than the cost-of-living increase for 2018 Social Security benefits. If you pay your Part B premium through your Social Security benefit, you’ll pay less ($130 on average). Social Security will tell you the exact amount you will pay for Part B in 2018. For more information, see link for “How much does Part B cost?”: www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/part-b-costs/part-b-costs.html.

As of September 2017, individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and their representative payees may use my Social Security to report wages online. We plan to make this functionality available to SSI recipients in a future release. In the meantime, SSI recipients can still use the automated toll-free SSI Telephone Wage Reporting system or the free SSI Mobile Wage Reporting smartphone app to report wages.

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Social Security Regional Offices

ATLANTA: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Kirk S. Jockell
(404) 562-1315)
Kirk Jockell@ssa.gov

BOSTON: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Regina Bachini
(617) 565-2895

CHICAGO: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Ohio and Wisconsin
Edward A. Swierczek

DALLAS: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas
Jorge Ortiz

DENVER: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Blase Johs

KANSAS CITY: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
Shawn Cole
(816) 936-5595

NEW YORK: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Elizabeth Roback
(212) 264-1462

PHILADELPHIA: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia
Bernard Daniels

SAN FRANCISCO: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii,Nevada, Saipan
Rey Arquero
(510) 970-8133

SEATTLE: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Employer Services Liaison Officer
(206) 615-2125

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