Birthdays and benefits: A nudge on Social Security

Washington Post financial writer Michelle Singletary reminds us to
check our Social Security benefit statement online on our birthday.  We used to receive an annual benefit
estimate statement by mail about three months before each birthday. But in a
cost-cutting move, the agency stopped the automatic mailing of statements. The
SSA decided to mail statements to workers in the year they reach age 25
starting in October. People 60 and older who haven’t begun receiving Social
Security benefits will receive a yearly mailed statement. Everyone else has to
get his or her statement online at
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