Originally Posted by BsmtScrapper
Is it because you were no longer paying into it, or because you hadn't been in it long enough? I've got 27 years into SS.
It had to do with how long it had been since I had paid into it. You had to have paid into it for so many years (which I had), but it also had to be within so many years (which I hadn't, because I had worked for the state for those years). It's a bureaucratic red-tape mess!