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"Social Security Handbook" ?

It's just come to my attention (or maybe I forgot about it) that there is the "Social Security Handbook". It's available online as a pdf on the SS Administration's web site, https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.html

 

I've never received but It looks a lot like the the Medicare Handbook I get in the postal mail every year.

 

Is this something that all SS recipients are given? It seems a lot bigger than the Medicare Handbook. And I see bound copies for prior years available for sale. Walmart shows an upcoming 2021 Edition (to be available in May) for $85, https://www.walmart.com/ip/Social-Security-Handbook-2021-Overview-of-Social-Security-Programs-Paperb...

 

So, is something we get in the mail once we apply for benefits? Thanks.

 

 

Edit:   well, to answer my own question, apparently the answer is "no". The Handbook states:

 

"Is The Social Security Handbook Available In Paper Format?

No. The Social Security Handbook is no longer available in paper format; it is available online at: Social Security. "

 

Presumably there are private publishers who print this off for sale and distribution. rather than being printed by the Federal government.

 

well, I could delete my thread but maybe it will help others to have directions to that Handbook.

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