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SSA's important role for New York Asians and Pacific Islanders

New York Asian Americans are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Monkey. Concurrently, the Social Security Administration posted information that stressed the importance of the administration to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, both of whom are a significant portion of Social Security Administration, or SSA, beneficiaries.

According to the Social Security Administration, American Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest growing ethnic groups, with almost 1.6 million aged 65 or older. Among the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders of age, over 90 percent rely on assistance from the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration also makes every effort to make sure their needs are met. The Social Security Administration offers resources in multiple languages, including Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. In addition, they also offer an interpreter through their toll free telephone number. These are all offered free of charge.

Social Security Disability Benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, are two programs used to aid victims who suffer from debilitating injuries, illnesses or mental conditions that prevent them from seeking gainful employment. The condition must be expected to last at least a year or end in death.

Although the financial benefits are not meant to fully cover medical expenses, treatment or rehabilitation or lost wages, the payments are geared towards helping victims go through their difficult times. If you are suffering from such an illness, injury or condition, you may want to speak with a professional to help you through the process.

Source: SocialSecurity.gov, "Social Security Is Important to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," Christopher Kang, accessed on Feb. 9, 2016

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