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Focus on Social Security Rights for Hispanics during National Hispanic Heritage Month

| Oct 1, 2012 | Hispanic population

The month from September 15 of October 15 is being marked as National Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the uniqueness of the Hispanic culture and the Hispanic community in the country. Social Security benefits are even more essential for members of the Hispanic community.

The one thing that most Social Security attorneys already know is that Hispanics tend to have a much higher life expectancy by the time they reach age 85, than the rest of the American population. For instance, a Hispanic man aged 65 years old in 2010 can expect to live up to the age of 85, while for the rest of the male population, the expectancy age is 82. Similarly, in the case of Hispanic women, life expectancy at the age of 65 in 2010 is approximately 89. For the rest of the female population in the country, the expectancy is 85.

Because Hispanic people are now living longer, healthier lives, it is much more important that they receive their due Social Security benefits.

Currently, the Hispanic population in the country is estimated at 52 million. This is the largest ethnic minority in the country, and it does not include the 3.7 million people who live in Puerto Rico.

In recognition of the large numbers of Hispanic residents inside the United States who are eligible for and receive Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration has taken special steps to reach out to members of this community. For instance, the Social Security Administration now has a Spanish webpage for all Spanish-speaking citizens.

Lisa Siegel is a Social Security disability lawyer, helping persons with disabilities in the metro Atlanta region recover their rightful disability benefits. If you are eligible for Social Security, and have had a claim denied, speak with us to learn your rights.