The Social Security Administration adminsters several important federal programs, retirement and disability benefits or enrolling in Medicare.  Here are a few of the most common questions my office receives that deal with this agency:
What can the Congressman do to help with my Disability claim?

I am always happy to help constituents who need assistance with a disability claim. However, there are limits to what I can do. At my request, Social Security officials will "flag" a particular case and keep me updated throughout the process. This communication can really help a person understand what is happening with their case, so they can make other decisions regarding their life and family. However, I cannot act as the "representative" on a person's disability paperwork. You may want an attorney to help you with this. My actions will not affect the work done by the person you select as your representative. I also do not have the authority to overturn any decision made by the Social Security Administration. After you file the paperwork for disability benefits with your local Social Security office, I would be pleased to follow the progress of your claim. If you would like my help, please print out this Authorization Form and fax it to 262-784-9437 or mail it to my Brookfield office at:

120 Bishops Way, Room 154
Brookfield, WI 53005-6294

Should you wish to return this privacy release directly to my Brookfield office, please contact (262) 784-1111 or (800) 242-1119 to schedule an appointment with a member of my staff.

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How can I get information about my Social Security retirement benefits?

The determination of your Social Security retirement benefits is a complex calculation that considers not only your earnings history, but your marital status, your age and more. As such, it is best to work directly with the Social Security Administration to obtain this information.  While many Social Security offices welcome walk-in's, it is best to call ahead to schedule an appointment or review your office's hours.

Click here to find your local Social Security office

However, if you encounter delays in reaching the Social Security Administration or if you feel that your benefits have not been calculated correctly, please contact my Brookfield office.

Additionally, many questions about your benefits can be answered using mySocialSecurity, the Social Security Administration's online services portal.  Through this account you can easily review past statements, your earnings history, obtain a benefit verification letter, change your address and more.

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Do I need to enroll in Medicare Part B?

Whether you become Medicare eligible due to a disability or because you've turned 65, you will have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part B medical insurance. While most people should sign up for Part B when they first have the opportunity to do so, there are some circumstances where you may wish to delay enrollment. You can learn more about these situations online at Medicare's website

Please note, if you elect not to enroll in Part B when you are first eligible and you do not remain insured by your current employer, you may have to wait to enroll in Part B and pay a penalty on your monthly premiums.

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For additional information, please visit Social Security's website on how to apply for disability

If you have questions or comments about any issue involving the Social Security Administration, feel free to call my office at (262) 784-1111 or (800) 242-1119.