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Monday, December 13, 2010 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904


News Release

Social Security’s Online Retirement Estimator Available in Spanish at

Legendary TV Host Don Francisco Says Using the Estimator is “So Easy!”

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that the agency’s most popular online service – the Retirement Estimator – is now available in Spanish at  The Retirement Estimator uses a person’s own Social Security earnings record to provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates.  To publicize the website and the new Spanish-language service, Social Security has enlisted the help of the widely popular and well-respected host of Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco.

“The Spanish-language Retirement Estimator and the other information available on will help us provide a broader audience with important information they need to plan for a secure retirement,” Commissioner Astrue said.  “I thank Don Francisco for volunteering his services to help us get the word out to the Spanish-speaking community.” You can see Don Francisco’s Public Service Announcement by visiting

“I ask my many friends to go to, not only for themselves but also to help their loved ones,” said Don Francisco.  “There is a lot of great information there.  Estimating your benefits and learning about Social Security online in Spanish is so easy.”

The Retirement Estimator is interactive and allows the user to compare different retirement options by changing retirement dates or expected future earnings.  It protects the user’s personal information by providing only retirement benefit estimates -- it does not show the earnings information used to calculate the benefit estimate, nor does it reveal other identifying information.  Almost four million people have used Social Security’s English-language Retirement Estimator this year.

“The Retirement Estimator is the first of our online services available in Spanish,” said Commissioner Astrue.  “But we are not stopping there.  We are working to make our online retirement application and Medicare Extra Help application available in Spanish next year.  Until then, visit to estimate your benefits and learn more about Social Security.”


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