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Q&A: Social Security statement now online

Social Security info on website

Now that the Social Security Administration no longer sends out the yearly Social Security statement, how can we obtain the information the statement contained?

You can go to or call toll-free 1-800-772-1213. If you use the website, it will take you to the Social Security retirement estimator page, which will require you to fill out an online form, including your Social Security number.

You can use the retirement estimator if you have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits and you are not receiving benefits on your own Social Security record; waiting for a decision about your application for benefits or Medicare; age 62 or older and receiving benefits on another Social Security record; or eligible for a pension based on work not covered by Social Security.

How to get on 'Do Not Call' list

What is the "do-not-call" number? And how long do you stay on that list?

Up to three numbers — landline and cell — can be registered on the National Do Not Call Registry by going online at or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222. Numbers placed on the registry are permanent and will not expire, due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Yep, that was Flo on 'Mad Men'

In getting ready for the new season of Mad Men, I was watching some of the older shows. In the very first one, I thought I recognized the woman who plays Flo on the Progressive Insurance commercials. Is that her?

It is. Stephanie Courtney is the actor, and she played switchboard operator Marge in five episodes of Mad Men in 2007, the first season. Courtney, 42, has also appeared in episodes of House, Men of a Certain Age, ER, Without a Trace and the United States of Tara, among other shows.

About her most famous role, as Flo, she says: "Nobody is naturally that perky! They'd strain something. I'd say at times Flo is like my mom when she's at her most chipper."

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Q&A: Social Security statement now online 04/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 6:28pm]
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