32 thoughts on “Hit a Homerun with Social Security

  1. I am in no way prepared for retirement. Any assistance with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,
    Katherine W.

    • Hi Katherine. Our Retirement Planner provides detailed information about your Social Security retirement benefits. It also points out things you may want to consider as you prepare for the future. General information about our programs and services is conveniently available anytime at our website. You can also create a my Social Security account. With your personal my Social Security account, you can verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. We hope this helps!

  2. Is it possible to set up a “My Social Security” account to look at earnings and retirement information and still continue to receive SS statement and benefit letters by mail?

    • Hi Erma. Our online services allow you to do business with us from the comfort of your home at your convenience. With instant access to your Social Security Statement at any time, you will no longer receive one periodically in the mail. In addition to getting a benefit verification letter online, with your personal my Social Security account, you will find that you can do a lot more, helping us save money and the environment. Thank you for Going Green!

  3. I am going to be 61 years old next month and live on SSDI. I go on Medicare 8/1/17 which will cause my insurance to go up $50 a month and I skip taking the 15 or around there pills I have to take daily in order to stretch them out. I live modestly in senior/disability housing and my vehicle is 14 years What do I have to look forward to when I turn 65? My SSI will go down about $500 making things that much worse. So I can’t save a dime when I’m scratching for change to buy necessities. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Once your SS starts your SSI will go down that amount less $20.00. In other words you gain $20.00. If you are still eligible for some SSI then the State public Assistance Office will arrange for the State to pick up your Medicare premium. and you’ll still be on MEDICAID.so you won’t have to skip on your pills. By the way you should not be skipping on them now, MEDICAID shouldcover that cost.

    • Nancy, talk to someone about Humana PPO health insurance. I’ve been very happy having them for the last 4 to 6 years.

      Presently I pay $51 a month and the insurance company gets around $100 that Social security pays Medicare. So it totals around $151 a month but only $51 a month out of our pocket.

      Many prescription drugs are on tier one and are free.

      So Humana PPO is your health insurance/Medicare together as one.

      A year ago I had knee replacement surgery costI got $42,000. I paid out-of-pocket $1200; quite a deal.

      When my husband was living he and I were paying 1200 a month for Blue Cross shield. They went up another $500 a month just too 1700 a month. Ridiculous.

      I went looking and found this at that time per $31 a month! Look at the thousands of dollars I saved that year alone with the tax person couldn’t believe it either

      Hope this info helps you on your decision making. From this Iowan. 😉

    • Hi Nancy, Medicare enrollees who have limited income and resources may get help paying for their premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses from Medicaid. Also, you may want to check and see if you are eligible to receive social services from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, which may help pay for medication that Medicare does not cover. Please call the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at 1-800-633-4227 or your State Medical Assistance Office for more information. Thanks.

  4. My wife is my caretaker. Can she be paid SS for this? She does all household chores and drives to store and does errands. She drives me to the doctor. I am 81 yrs old, She is 70 years old.

    • My wife is my caretaker, can she be paid SS for this? She does all household chores and drives to the store and does other chores for me. We are married and both live on SS.

    • Thank you for your question Mr. Umber. You and your wife may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where you live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. We hope this helps.

  5. I am 61 and still living in my 22 year old car. I had a very bad stroke 9 years ago. The only thing that has not happened to me is I have not been raped….YET
    I get SSD, medicare. Thats it. The county of Bucks,Pa has the worst system that I ever had to deal with. I am paralyzed on my right side. Cant afford to see a doctor for my knocked out teeth ( 14 or more beat out of me ), eyes ( going far sighted ), leg brace (mine is 8 years old has to be taped on ), Groin is ripped and gut pops out ( got that while in a shelter where we all had a mega cough ) COME TO THINK ABOUT IT, can you recommend a lawyer?

  6. hi
    I receive a foreign supplement. my wife is retired but not a u.s citizen is my wife entitled to any payments.

    • Hi Charles. Generally, individuals that are lawfully in the United States and meet all other eligibility requirements can receive Social Security benefits. Unfortunately and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. We probably need more information related to your “foreign supplement”, and how this could impact benefits for your wife. One of our representatives should be able to provide you and your wife with an explanation and answer specific questions about this matter. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks.

  7. I Charles my suggestion is that legaly in this country if your is permanent Legal documents.she’s possible qualify for benefits in your corverege status.because she’s your wife legaly.

  8. My neighbor, who is in her 70’s, thinks that she cannot collect SS on her ex-spouse’s work record because her ex remarried. She was married to him for 25 years and he was the higher wage earner. My neighbor started collecting her SS at age 62 and that would make a difference as to how much, if any, she would receive. I think that back when she began to collect SS it was when you could collect separately, and now you must collect on your own work record and your ex-spouses at the same time. But, her spouse remarrying would not prevent her from collecting on his work record, if there’s anything to collect, is this correct? Thank you

    • Many spouses do not understand that they can collect on their ex-husband’s earning record even if he has re-married, provided they were married for at least 10 years. She should try first to contact SSA by phone. She will probably have to arrange to go to a SSA office, and take her marriage certification, and divorce certification.

    • If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record even if they have remarried. Generally, during the initial interview to apply for Social Security benefits, we typically explore other possible eligibility that could result in a higher benefit amount for the applicant. Keep in mind that if someone is eligible for retirement benefits on their own record and divorced spouse’s benefits, we will pay the retirement benefit first. If the benefit on the ex-spouse’s record is higher, then the individual will get an additional amount on the ex-spouse’s record so that the combination of benefits equals that higher amount.
      To find out if she is eligible for a higher benefit, your neighbor can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or she can visit the local Social security office. Thanks.

  9. I applied for SSDI 2015 and SSI 2016. My SSI was not approved within 120days because it was attached to my appeal for SSDI. My hearing/appeal was postponed in May 2017. Next hearing Date TBA. . I’m in dire need for help. Is there anyway my SSI can be reviewed separately by a case manager so I can get the help I need while waiting for another hearing date.

    • Hi! As part of the Disability Determination Process, our field offices are responsible for verifying non-medical eligibility requirements. A favorable medical determination must be made in order to begin paying disability benefits. Individuals waiting for a medical determination on their disability claim, may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) web page for more information. In your situation, please continue working with your local Social Security office or the hearing office handling your claim. Thanks.

  10. Is this true that the Trump administration is working on a plan to take apart our SS & Medicare? I’ve been working on a plan for my future income and SS will be the bulk of my money to buy Medicare and pay bills. Thank you

    • Hi Ana. On May 23, the President released his FY 2018 budget request to Congress for their consideration. Currently, there have been no changes to the Social Security programs. For more information about the President’s Budget for SSA, please go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/budget/. Thanks!

    • Trump’s budget eliminates SSDI. That’s Social Security Disability Insurance for workers too young to retire but whose total & permanent disability rendered them unable ever to work again, at any occupation. people who paid into Social Security all their working lives. Trump, and Congress, believe disabled people are just “too lazy to work” and therefore not entitled to Social Security benefits. SSDI does have the “Ticket to Work program for those who’d like to TRY working without losing benefits in case they fail in their attempt to work, but Trump & Congress are eliminating that program, too. Their position is “get a job, losers.” Nice. Social Security retirement is safe, for now anyway. But not Medicare. Paul Ryan wants to eliminate that too, by handing us a set amount per month to buy health insurance on the open market. It won’t be much, and we all know with the Obamacare subsidies amd orotections hone for pre-existing conditions, we’ll never be able to afford health insurance. That’s why Medicare was put in place ti begim with, because the elderly & disabled could NOT buy it! He and Congress and Trump do not care about elderly or disabled people – or anybody else, unless they’re the wealthy backers who pit them where they are. THAT is the reality. Go to Congress.gov and read the bills they’re introducing, passing, and repealing EVERY DAY while we’re all to busy getting outraged over Trump’s insane Twitter rants. The nefarious dealings of Congress are online with fill text of the bills and record of who votes for yhem, at least until they figure out that we can see what they’re up to, then they’ll take the site down, like they’ve done with every other government website that gave the people factual information about the government, science, benefits, and anything else meant for us. This is all true, I can list the websites they took down already, starting the day of the inauguration.

      Now they’ve even called for a new Constitutional Convention – to scrap our existing Constitution and write another – which I’m quite certain will NOT contain the Bill of Rights, nor any checks and balances on their power, either. I wish this were not true, but unfortunately, it is horrifyingly so. They’ve got all but 2 states on board for this now, and once they have that, we’re done permanently, with no recourse, no going back. Most state legislatures are Republican dominated, alas, so I’m not hopeful. so I’m glad I’m old and sick and going to die sooner than later. I don’t want to be around for the end they have planned for this once great country and our magnificent Constitution.

      • The Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget was recently submitted to Congress for consideration. Currently, there have been no changes to the Social Security programs. For more information about the President’s Budget for SSA, please go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/budget/.

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