Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool

Have you ever wondered what kind of Social Security benefits you or a loved one or a friend might be able to qualify for under Social Security? Finding out is easier than you might think.

Just visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/best. Our benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) can help you determine eligibility for specific types of benefits. Click the ??????Start Here?????? button and answer the questions online. BEST screens eligibility for Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance, Retirement, Survivors, Special Veterans and Supplemental Security Income benefits. It also tells you how to qualify and apply. Additional information is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the BEST webpage. The BEST tool does not retain any of the information you enter.

Tips to Navigate BEST:
??????? Use the ??????Next?????? button at the bottom of each page to move forward.
??????? Using the ??????Next?????? button takes you to every page where you need to enter information.
??????? If you enter incorrect information into BEST, you will receive a message that says, ??????Please correct the errors highlighted in red below??????. The message will tell you which question to correct.
??????? If you find you need to change or correct your information after you have received a response from BEST, you can use the ????????????Edit Response?????? button.
??????? After you have correctly entered your information, BEST tells you the types of benefits you may be eligible for.
??????? You cannot come back to the results screen, so print it or save the results for future use.
??????? The ??????What Should I Do Next??????? section reminds you that you need to apply for benefits with Social Security to know for sure if you qualify for benefits. ??????The Helpful Links?????? box contains a link to file for Social Security benefits.

So, visit our website to find out what type of benefit you or your family member might be eligible for.


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