A measure under consideration in Congress could have big implications for how you view your Social Security statements.
The bill, called the Beneficiary Education Tools, Telehealth, and Extenders Reauthorization Act of 2019, or BETTER Act, includes a provision that would reinstate mailed Social Security statements.
Since 2012, the Social Security Administration has scaled back the mailing of paper statements after it established a website, My Social Security, that offered access to that information online. The agency also was able to save on the costs of mailing paper records.
In fiscal 2017 and 2018, Social Security statements were sent only to individuals age 60 and up who had not established online accounts. From 2014 to 2016, the agency mailed statements in five-year increments to people at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60. In addition, statements were delivered to people over age 60, those who were not yet receiving Social Security benefits and individuals who did not have…