Foreign Travel, Volunteers And Medicare

My name is Mickie Douglas. I work for Social Security as a Public Affairs Specialist and I’m replacing Howard Kossover. I just said that so I could officially state for the record that Howard is irreplaceable.  Howard was a well-loved and much respected Social Security employee.  We will all miss him, but some are maybe…
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Approaching Age 65? Remember Medicare.

Approaching age 65? Remember Medicare. Medicare begins for most people at age 65, earlier if receiving disability. If you receive Social Security benefits, expect a Medicare card and instructions several months in advance of age 65 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Part of the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS is…
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Medicare Legislation Anniversary

Tomorrow is the 51st anniversary of Medicare legislation.   On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law to provide health insurance for the elderly.  The Medicare legislation was signed in Independence, Missouri, in the presence of Harry S. Truman who opened the fight for such legislation in a message to Congress in…
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Is Age 65 Still Important For Social Security Retirement?

Q: Is age 65 still important for Social Security retirement? A: While age 65 is important as the starting age for Medicare, it has no special meaning for Social Security retirement anymore. Until the Social Security Amendments of 1983, retirement benefits were not reduced for age if you waited until age 65 before starting them.…
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Payroll Tax Continues If Working After Retirement

Q: My mom is 67 years old and receives Social Security retirement. She also works part-time and noticed that Medicare is taken out of both her paycheck and Social Security benefit. She is wondering why. A: Two different issues are involved. The Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) monthly premium is routinely deducted from Social Security…
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