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U.S. Social Security Services Panama City – August 19 – 23, 2019 The U.S. Embassy in Panama is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Office will visit Panama City to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security benefits. Where: Center for English Language Immersion (CELI)– Via España, Edificio Cromos, First Floor. When: August 19, 20, 21 and 22 from 8 am to 4 pm and August 23rd from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Walk-in Services – No appointment necessary. First come first served. What to bring for social security services: (please bring legible copies of all documents to be submitted) Applying for Social Security Benefits: Bring originals and one copy of the following for all applicants: Birth Certificate and passport. If applying for auxiliary benefits or survivor’s benefits, please also bring marriage certificate and/or death certificate. SSA Proof of Life Study: In 2019, SSA mailed the questionnaire to beneficiaries receiving their own benefits whose social security number ended in 50 – 99 and beneficiaries over the age of 90 and beneficiaries with a Representative payee. Please bring a copy of your passport and a completedSSA-7162. Social Security Number Card Application: Bring a copy of your valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Birth Abroad or original birth certificate, and completed form SS-5FS. Change of Address for Social Security: Bring your current passport. Medicare Part B Enrollment/Cancellation: To enroll in Medicare, you should complete and sign form CMS-40B. To cancel your enrollment please complete and sign form CMS-2690 The best way to contact the Regional Federal Benefits Office is by using their online contact inquiry form: http://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/fbu-inquiry-form/ To learn more about the services offered by the Regional Federal Benefits Office visit: https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/ We look forward to seeing you there!
For those like me who have been here for more than a decade, you will remember this serious issue that was on the front pages of the newspapers. I am disappointed but not surprised at the outcome. http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/mass-poisoning-victims-protest-court-whitewash
For those of you using the online system for Social Security to check on your payment dates and other information you should have received an email today telling you that you will be required to have a text/data cell phone (smart phone) that SS can send you a text message on to be able to log into the system as of tomorrow. I have called to check if they have my Panama cell phone number and whether they will be able to send text messages out of country. They could not tell me one way or another. If you do not have your Panama cell phone listed on your account as of tomorrow you will not be able to log into your account. You may want to check it today. Whether it will work tomorrow is anyone’s guess. I have already posed this question to our warden, Hank Landis to see if he can get an answer. Here is what they sent: Starting in August 2016, Social Security is adding a new step to protect your privacy as a my Social Security user. This new requirement is the result of an executive order for federal agencies to provide more secure authentication for their online services. Any agency that provides online access to a customer’s personal information must use multifactor authentication. When you sign in at ssa.gov/myaccount with your username and password, we will ask you to add your text-enabled cell phone number. The purpose of providing your cell phone number is that, each time you log in to your account with your username and password, we will send you a one-time security code you must also enter to log in successfully to your account.Each time you sign into your account, you will complete two steps: Step 1: Enter your username and password. Step 2: Enter the security code we text to your cell phone (cell phone provider's text message and data rates may apply). The process of using a one-time security code in addition to a username and password is one form of “multifactor authentication,” which means we are using more than one method to make sure you are the actual owner of your account.