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Social Security and Medicare

Social Security is one of the largest government programs in the world, paying out hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Based on the year someone was born, retirement benefits may begin as early as age 62.  Life time benefits are often increased by delaying the benefits or using other strategies.

2020 What you will pay for Medicare

2020 Government Benefits

How Changes in Income Affect Medicare Premiums” 20190219 Kiplinger
File Form SSA-44 if certain life changing events reduce current income.

10 Things to know about your  new Medicare card”  2018 April

Know Your Social Security Survivors Benefit Options” June 2018 AARP

2018 Social Security  and Medicare Trustees Reports 20180619

New Medicare Card Mailing Strategy 20180424 CMC

Scammers Are Using New Medicare Cards to Try to Trick Seniors” 20180404 MF

How Special Payments After You Retire Affect Your Social Security Benefit” 20180322 SSA
“Special Payments” are payments received for earnings before you started receiving Social Security Benefits.  Calculations if you started benefits before full retirement age different than if benefits started after full retirement age.

2018 Medicare Figures

Planning Now Cuts Back on Future Uncertainty” 20160512 SSA

20 Social Security stats everyone should know” 20160116.USAT

Social Security Claiming Rules

2016 Medicare Premiums and Other Costs

Continuing Financial Challenges for Social Security and Medicare 20150804
Report by the Trustees of the Social Security and medicare trust funds released July 22, 2015

The Social Security Maze and Other U.S. Mysteries” 20150313 NYT

2015 Social Security and Medicare Figures

“6 Things About Social Security Advisors Should Tell Clients” 20131216TA

Social Security and Medicare face financial challenges 20130531

2013 Social Security Changes

“Stress Rises on Social Security” 20120424WSJ
A discussion of the current situation, economically and politically.

Social Security and Medicare Figures for 2012

“Of Social Security and Ponzi Schemes” 201109Life
This article discusses social security vs. ponzi schemes.

“Social Security: a little light summer reading” 20110818MW
Comments about “Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2011”

“Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2011” 2011Aug.
Answers most frequently asked questions about their programs.

“Getting the Most Out of Social Security” 20110716 NYT
“There is a simple, easy way to convert a portion of your wealth into a fairly priced, inflation-adjusted annuity.”

“Should You Take Social Security Early?” 20110304 SM
Taking early could reduce your lifetime benefits.

“4 Social Security Changes Coming in 2011” 2011018 USN
The changes relate to tax rates, redo’s, retroactive suspensions and paper checks.

“Timing your social security benefits” NYT20090710

“Protecting your Social Security and pension from creditors” WSJ 20090531

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