Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Open Enrollment Season & Extra Help

Open season for Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug) coverage is October 15 to December 7, 2011.   Due to your changing needs and annual plan changes, review your existing policy.   Plans for 2012 are at www.medicare.gov under the “Formulary Finder – 2012 Plan Data” link.  You will need a list of your medications to compare plans. …
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When Are You Age 62 For SSA Retirement?

Q:  Two of my friends started Social Security retirement at age 62.  One received benefits for the month he was 62 while the other was first paid for the following month.  Why? A:  The difference was probably due to when each was born during the month.  SSA retirement can begin the first month a person…
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Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

On October 19th, Social Security announced a 3.6 percent benefit increase for 2012.  Here is the official SSA press release, also at www.socialsecurity.gov.   Note the section:  Information about Medicare changes for 2012, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov.  For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare…
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Greetings

Greetings.  I am Howard Kossover and I work for the Social Security Administration as Public Affairs Specialist, essentially a teacher about Social Security, for all of North Dakota and western Minnesota.  The general information posted here will include my newspaper articles as well as agency information that I think might interest readers.  I hope you find this…
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