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

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  • Edition: 15th
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-26
  • Publisher: Nolo
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Everyone wants the highest possible retirement and pension income-not to mention the best medical coverage. Discover everything you're entitled to with this completely updated edition of Social Security, Medicare Government Pensions.

Author Biography

Joseph Matthews, an attorney since 1971, has written several Nolo titles, including How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim and Long-Term Care. Dorothy Matthews Berman, Joseph's mother, worked with seniors for over 25 years.

Table of Contents

Your Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions Companionp. 1
Social Security: The Basicsp. 9
History of Social Securityp. 11
Social Security Definedp. 15
Eligibility for Benefitsp. 18
Earning Work Creditsp. 24
Determining Your Benefit Amountp. 26
Your Social Security Earnings Recordp. 29
Reading Your Social Security Statementp. 32
Correcting Your Recordp. 37
U.S. Citizens' Rights to Receive Benefits While Living Abroadp. 40
Receiving Benefits as a Noncitizenp. 40
Social Security Retirement Benefitsp. 45
Work Credits Requiredp. 47
Timing Your Retirementp. 50
The Amount of Your Retirement Checkp. 56
Working After Claiming Early Retirement Benefitsp. 60
Social Security Disability Benefitsp. 65
Who Is Eligiblep. 67
What Is a Disabilityp. 73
Amount of Disability Benefit Paymentsp. 80
Collecting Additional Benefitsp. 83
Eligibility Reviewp. 86
Returning to Workp. 88
Social Security Dependents Benefitsp. 91
Who Is Eligiblep. 92
Calculating Dependents Benefitsp. 95
Eligibility for More Than One Benefitp. 97
Working While Receiving Benefitsp. 98
Government Pension Offsetp. 99
Social Security Survivors Benefitsp. 103
Work Credits Required for Eligibilityp. 104
Who Is Eligiblep. 105
Amount of Survivors Benefitsp. 108
Eligibility for More Than One Benefitp. 111
Working While Receiving Benefitsp. 113
Government Pension Offsetp. 114
When to Claim Social Security Benefits, and Which One to Claimp. 117
Considerations for All Beneficiariesp. 118
Considerations for Specific Situationsp. 123
Supplemental Security Incomep. 131
Who Is Eligiblep. 132
Benefit Amountsp. 141
Reductions to Benefitsp. 143
Applying for Benefitsp. 147
Retirement, Dependents, and Survivors Benefitsp. 148
Disability Benefitsp. 157
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)p. 163
Finding Out What Happens to Your Claimp. 165
Appealing a Social Security Decisionp. 171
Reconsideration of Decisionp. 173
Administrative Hearingp. 182
Appeal to the National Appeals' Councilp. 188
Lawsuit in Federal Courtp. 190
Lawyers and Other Assistancep. 191
Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefitsp. 199
Two Retirement Systems: CSRS and FERSp. 201
Retirement Benefitsp. 202
Disability Benefits to Federal Workersp. 217
Payments to Surviving Family Membersp. 221
Applying for CSRS or FERS Benefitsp. 224
Veterans Benefitsp. 225
Types of Military Service Requiredp. 226
Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilityp. 227
Pension Benefits for Financially Needy Disabled Veteransp. 231
Survivors Benefitsp. 233
Medical Treatmentp. 235
Getting Information and Applying for Benefitsp. 237
Medicarep. 239
The Medicare Mazep. 243
Medicare: The Basicsp. 245
Part A Hospital Insurancep. 250
How Much Medicare Part A Paysp. 264
Part B Medical Insurancep. 272
How Much Medicare Part B Paysp. 285
Part D Prescription Drug Coveragep. 294
Medicare Procedures: Enrollment, Claims, and Appealsp. 327
Enrolling in Part A Hospital Insurancep. 329
Enrolling in Part B Medical Insurancep. 333
Medicare's Payment of Your Medical Billsp. 335
Paying Your Share of the Billp. 342
How to Read a Medicare Summary Noticep. 342
Appealing the Dental of a Claimp. 348
Medicare Part D: Enrollment, Exceptions, and Appealsp. 367
Switching Part D Plansp. 375
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)p. 378
Medigap Insurancep. 379
Gaps in Medicarep. 381
Standard Medigap Benefit Plansp. 383
Terms and Conditions of Medigap Policiesp. 397
Finding the Best Medicare Supplementp. 404
Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage Plansp. 411
Medicare Advantage Managed Care Plansp. 415
Medicare Advantage Fee-for-Service Plansp. 419
Choosing a Medicare Advantage Planp. 421
Comparing Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plansp. 433
Your Rights When Joining, Leaving, or Losing a Medicare Advantage Planp. 437
Medicaid and State Supplements to Medicarep. 439
Medicaid Definedp. 441
Who Is Eligiblep. 442
Medical Costs Covered by Medicaidp. 447
Requirements for Coveragep. 450
Cost of Medicaid Coveragep. 452
Other State Assistancep. 453
Applying for Medicaid, QMB, SLMB, or QIp. 456
What to Do If You Are Denied Coveragep. 459
Indexp. 461
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