Nancy frowned as she read the lengthy document she had just received from the Social Security Administration. It was about something truly important – her Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. But she could not figure out what the document meant or what she was supposed to do. Why do bureaucrats have to use such confusing language? Your attorney could answer your questions. However, many of us like to look up answers ourselves instead of relying on others. Fortunately, the Social Security online glossary is just a few keyboard clicks away.
What is the Social Security online glossary?
The name explains it all: it’s a list of words and meanings published by the Social Security Administration (Social Security).
The Social Security online glossary originated, in part, because of the Plain Writing Act of 2010. This Act requires federal agencies to communicate in ways the general public can understand. After all, how can government agencies serve the people if they don’t use clear language?
What kind of terms are covered?
You will see single words, phrases, and acronyms like the following:
- Appeal (Appeal Rights)
- Benefit Verification Letter
- OASDI (Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance)
The entry for “Social Security Office” even includes phone numbers, a TTY number, and links to a Social Security Office Locator.
How can I access the online glossary?
The Social Security online glossary can be found here. Upon opening the site, you can look for terms using the search function at the top of the page or by clicking on one of the letters from A-Z.
Another great feature is that many of the entries include links to pages that explain a subject in more detail. For example, you might be interested in the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA). You read the information in the glossary and notice there’s a hyperlink. Clicking the hyperlink takes you to a page that further explains COLA and even gives the 2021 dollar amounts.
While the Social Security online glossary might not contain definitions for every term you encounter, you will probably find it helpful as you apply for and maintain your benefits.
The Social Security Online Glossary Is a Valuable Tool
Failing to understand Social Security’s communications to you can lead to missed deadlines and lost benefits. Make sure you understand what’s happening by checking the Social Security online glossary. But also keep in mind that while you understand the term, you might not understand the consequences.
Talk to an attorney about your disability benefits if you have any questions or concerns about them. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ legal experience, much of it involving Social Security Disability Insurance claims. They can help you with your application and any appeals that might be needed.
Call us at 714-385-8100 for a free consultation. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.