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

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  • Edition: 17th
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-01
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Everyone wants to get the highest possible retirement and pension income--not to mention the best medical coverage. This guide helps readers to discover the benefits they're entitled to and how to claim them as easily as possible.

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
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. 57
Amount of Disability Benefit Paymentsp. 64
Collecting Additional Benefitsp. 67
Eligibility Reviewp. 70
Returning to Workp. 72
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. 95
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. 155
Reconsideration of Decisionp. 157
Administrative Hearingp. 166
Appeal to the National Appeals Councilp. 172
Lawsuit in Federal Courtp. 174
Lawyers and Other Assistancep. 175
Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefitsp. 183
Two Retirement Systems: CSRS and FERSp. 185
Retirement Benefitsp. 186
Disability Benefits to Federal Workersp. 201
Payments to Surviving Family Membersp. 205
Applying for CSRS or FERS Benefitsp. 208
Veterans Benefitsp. 209
Types of Military Service Requiredp. 210
Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilityp. 211
Pension Benefits for Financially Needy Disabled Veteransp. 215
Survivors Benefitsp. 216
Medical Treatmentp. 219
Getting Information and Applying for Benefitsp. 221
Medicarep. 223
The Medicare Mazep. 227
Medicare: The Basicsp. 229
Part A Hospital Insurancep. 234
How Much Medicare Part A Paysp. 247
Part B Medical Insurancep. 255
How Much Medicare Part B Paysp. 266
Part D Prescription Drug Coveragep. 374
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. 322
Appealing the Denial of a Claimp. 328
Medicare Part D: Enrollment, Exceptions, and Appealsp. 347
Switching Part D Plansp. 35
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)p. 357
Medigap Insurancep. 359
Gaps in Medicarep. 361
Standard Medigap Benefit Plansp. 363
Terms and Conditions of Medigap Policiesp. 378
Finding the Best Medicare Supplementp. 385
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 Definedp. 423
Who Is Eligiblep. 424
Medical Costs Covered by Medicaidp. 429
Requirements for Coveragep. 432
Cost of Medicaid Coveragep. 434
Other State Assistancep. 435
Applying for Medicaid, QMB, SLMB, or QIp. 438
What to Do If You Are Denied Coveragep. 441
Indexp. 443
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