Social Security Program Experts Can Answer Your Important Questions

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    • Hi There. Thanks for using our blog. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page for details on when to start receiving Social Security retirement benefits. If you are within three months of age 65 or older and not ready to start your monthly Social Security benefits yet, you can use our online retirement application to sign up just for Medicare and wait to apply for your retirement or spouses benefits later. It takes less than 10 minutes, and there are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required.

      If you have medical insurance coverage under a group health plan based on your or your spouse’s current employment, you may not need to apply for Medicare Part B at age 65. You may qualify for a “Special Enrollment Period” (SEP) that will let you sign up for Part B during:
      •Any month you remain covered under the group health plan and you, or your spouse’s, employment continues.
      •The 8-month period that begins with the month after your group health plan coverage or the employment it is based on ends, whichever comes first.

      We always suggest that individuals speak to their personnel office, health benefits advisor, or health plan representative to see what’s best for them, and to prevent any penalties or delayed enrollment in the future.

  1. I need help with prescriptions and co pays. I do not have any other way of receiving income other than Soc. Sec. and I am trying to do something about that but until such time as I do I need “extra help.” I have tried getting through to the 800.772.1213 but no such luck, Can you assist me to get “extra help”

    • Hi Diane. You can apply online for the Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $5,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. In addition to the Extra Help, you may be able to get help from your State with other Medicare costs under the Medicare Savings Programs. By completing the Extra Help application, you will start your application process for a Medicare Savings Program. We will send information to your State who will contact you to help you apply for a Medicare Savings Program unless you tell us not to when you complete the application.

      If you need information about Medicare Savings Programs, Medicare Prescription Drug plans or how to enroll in a plan, call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 1-877-486-2048) or visit http://www.medicare.gov. You also can request information about how to contact your State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP). The SHIP offers help with your Medicare questions. We hope this helps.

  2. (Posted on behalf of an older family member) Please consider changing the font to a darker black in the blog, as it is not easy to read. The light blue font, as shown in the questions, is even harder to read.

  3. I am 62 as of september. I work part time 36 hours per week. Can I recieve partial benefits now and continue to work? Then when I reach full retirement age will my benefits be effected or lowered?

  4. I lost my 4 years selfemployed business how could get back that my business?? my license was suspended they didn’t pay me there was vendor harressment , I have worked injury too please help me

  5. I did not received my Foreign Enforcement Questionnaire (FEQ) or Form SSA-7162 this year. I would like to know if SSA still mailing those documents to citizens abroad? Or I did not received my Form due to this Covid-19 pandemic?
    Thank you for your answer.

  6. I applied for Medicare June 5,2020. 3 months before my 65th birthday. I am still with out an answer except that my application was pulled by OEIO in August. Which I have called constantly. and no answer.(too busy). Call Baltimore M.D. ss office they don’t know why either. Local office has no answers. Senator Toomeys office wants information I don’t have. My husband and I have lived in the U.S. all our lives
    He has worked same place since 1975. We have been married 40yrs. and lived at same address since 1981.
    So what is your problem???

  7. I received my payment $1200 but i have an 11 yr old daughter and i never got the $ 500.00 for her Queen Kalida Ozella Itson I need help with this
    Thank You.

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