Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits

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Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits

Format:  Paperback,

456 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9781413318456

ISBN-10: 1413318452

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Maximize your Social Security, SSI, and Medicare benefits and navigate the complex system with confidence.
Everyone wants to get the highest possible retirement and pension income - not to mention the best medical coverage. Turn to the#1 guide to Social Security retirement and medical benefits to discover the benefits you're entitled to and how to claim them as easily as possible.
Completely updated for 2013, the book covers how to:
. determine the amount of Social Security and other benefits you're entitled to
. qualify and apply for Medicare, including Part D prescription drug coverage
. understand medigap insurance and managed care and choose what's best for you
. claim earned government pensions and veterans' benefits
. time your retirement to get the best results
. help your senior parents file essential forms online
The latest edition includes 2013 benefit numbers for Social Security, Medicare, and SSI, and fully up-to-date resources, and the impact of recent court rulings on your benefits.

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Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9781413318456
ISBN-10: 1413318452
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 456
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.58
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.01 x 0.93 x 8.93

Chapter outline

Your Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions Companionp. 1
Locating Chapters That Fit Your Needsp. 2
Social Security: The Basicsp. 9
History of Social Securityp. 11
Social Security Definedp. 14
Eligibility for Benefitsp. 17
Earning Work Creditsp. 22
Determining Your Benefit Amountp. 23
Your Social Security Earnings Recordp. 27
U.S. Citizens' Rights to Receive Benefits While Living Abroadp. 28
Receiving Benefits as a Noncitizenp. 28
Social Security Retirement Benefitsp. 31
Work Credits Requiredp. 33
Timing Your Retirement Benefits Claimp. 35
The Amount of Your Retirement Checkp. 41
Working After Claiming Early Retirement Benefitsp. 44
Social Security Disability Benefitsp. 49
Who Is Eligiblep. 51
What Is a Disabilityp. 56
Amount of Disability Benefit Paymentsp. 63
Collecting Additional Benefitsp. 66
Continuing Eligibility Reviewp. 70
Returning to Workp. 71
Social Security Dependents Benefitsp. 75
Who Is Eligiblep. 76
Calculating Dependents Benefitsp. 79
Eligibility for More Than One Benefitp. 81
Working While Receiving Benefitsp. 82
Government Pension Offsetp. 83
Social Security Survivors Benefitsp. 87
Work Credits Required for Eligibilityp. 88
Who Is Eligiblep. 89
Amount of Survivors Benefitsp. 92
Eligibility for More Than One Benefitp. 96
Working While Receiving Benefitsp. 97
Government Pension Offsetp. 98
When to Claim Social Security Benefits, and Which One to Claimp. 101
Considerations for All Beneficiariesp. 102
Considerations for Specific Situationsp. 107
Supplemental Security Incomep. 115
Who Is Eligiblep. 116
Benefit Amountsp. 124
Reductions to Benefitsp. 127
Applying for Benefitsp. 131
Retirement, Dependents, and Survivors Benefitsp. 132
Disability Benefitsp. 141
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)p. 147
Finding Out What Happens to Your Claimp. 149
Appealing a Social Security Decisionp. 153
Reconsideration of Decisionp. 155
Administrative Hearingp. 164
Appeal to the National Appeals Councilp. 170
Lawsuit in Federal Courtp. 172
Lawyers and Other Assistancep. 173
Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefitsp. 181
Two Retirement Systems: CSRS and FERSp. 183
Retirement Benefitsp. 184
Disability Benefits to Federal Workersp. 199
Payments to Surviving Family Membersp. 203
Applying for CSRS or FERS Benefitsp. 206
Veterans Benefitsp. 207
Types of Military Service Requiredp. 208
Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilityp. 209
Pension Benefits for Financially Needy Disabled Veteransp. 213
Survivors Benefitsp. 214
Medical Treatmentp. 217
Getting Information and Applying for Benefitsp. 219
Medicarep. 221
The Medicare Mazep. 225
Medicare: The Basicsp. 227
Part A Hospital Insurancep. 230
How Much Medicare Part A Paysp. 245
Part B Medical Insurancep. 253
How Much Medicare Part B Paysp. 264
Part D Prescription Drug Coveragep. 272
Medicare Procedures: Enrollment, Claims, and Appealsp. 307
Enrolling in Part A Hospital Insurancep. 309
Enrolling in Part B Medical Insurancep. 313
Medicare's Payment of Your Medical Billsp. 315
Paying Your Share of the Billp. 322
How to Read a Medicare Summary Noticep. 323
Appealing the Denial of a Claimp. 328
Medicare Part D: Enrollment, Exceptions, and Appealsp. 347
Switching Part D Plansp. 355
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)p. 358
Medigap Insurancep. 359
Gaps in Medicarep. 362
Standard Medigap Benefit Plansp. 363
Terms and Conditions of Medigap Policiesp. 378
Finding the Best Medicare Supplementp. 386
Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage Plansp. 393
Medicare Advantage Managed Care Plansp. 397
Medicare Advantage Fee-for-Service Plansp. 401
Choosing a Medicare Advantage Planp. 403
Comparing Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plansp. 414
Your Rights When Joining, Leaving, or Losing a Medicare Advantage Planp. 418
Medicaid and State Supplements to Medicarep. 421
Medicaid Dennedp. 423
Who Is Eligiblep. 424
Medical Costs Covered by Medicaidp. 430
Requirements for Coveragep. 433
Cost of Medicaid Coveragep. 434
Other State Assistancep. 436
Applying for Medicaid, QMB, SLMB, or QIp. 438
What to Do If You Are Denied Coveragep. 441
Indexp. 443

Book description

Maximize your Social Security, SSI, and Medicare benefits and navigate the complex system with confidence.

Everyone wants to get the highest possible retirement and pension income – not to mention the best medical coverage. Turn to the#1 guide to Social Security retirement and medical benefits to discover the benefits you're entitled to and how to claim them as easily as possible.

Completely updated for 2013, the book covers how to:

. determine the amount of Social Security and other benefits you're entitled to

. qualify and apply for Medicare, including Part D prescription drug coverage

. understand medigap insurance and managed care and choose what’s best for you

. claim earned government pensions and veterans' benefits

. time your retirement to get the best results

. help your senior parents file essential forms online

The latest edition includes 2013 benefit numbers for Social Security, Medicare, and SSI, and fully up-to-date resources, and the impact of recent court rulings on your benefits.

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