Medicare

How Is My Medicare Number Determined?

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My husband died at age 62 from service-connected disabilities. He received SSA disability benefits for only 6 months starting at age 61. At age 60, I applied for SSA widow's benefits. Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions have offset the entire SSA amount so my widow's application was suspended. I've decided to wait until age 70 to apply for my own SSA entitlement. I am now age 64 and just today I received my first Medicare card. It has my husband's SSN-D number on it.

Is This True?

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My in laws are under the assumption that they will lose their social security benefits if they drop plan B. Is this true? And if not, I can't believe it is, can you point me to information to help them understand they won't lose their benefits.

Hi,

No, that's not true. Social Security eligibility is entirely separate and distinct from Medicare. However, if your in-laws do drop Part B they may have to pay a higher premium rate if they decide to re-enroll in the future, and there are only certain enrollment periods in which you can sign up.

Will My Wife's Duplicate Medicare Premiums Be Refunded Automatically?

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My wife began Medicare benefits as of Sept 1. She received an invoice from CMS and paid the Medicare Part B premium for September-December ($134*4months). Now, she is starting her SS Retirement benefit as of November (her FRA). The award letter indicates that Part B premiums will be deducted from her monthly checks when they begin in December.
I have two questions:

Should I Apply For Part A Of Medicare?

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Dear Larry,

I am wondering if I should apply for Medicare Part A. I am 64, turning 65 in February 2018. I am still employed by a Fed Government agency and have FEHB, and contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). I would like to continue contributing in 2018 even if I enroll in Medicare Part A, to take advantage of the tax savings. Will I still be eligible for a tax saving? Since Part A only covers in-patient expenses, I will still incur deductibles and co-pays for doctor visits & prescription drugs, and can use the FSA to pay for these costs.

Am I Correct About The Hold Harmless Provision?

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I am currently receiving spousal social security benefits, but will change to my benefits in November after reaching the age 70. The social security benefit letter says that my part B premium will go from $105 to $134 per month. I thought I would be protected by the held harmless provision due to the fact that I was already receiving benefits from my wife's account. Am I correct?

Hi,

Will I Lose Medicare Coverage If I Return To Work Part-Time?

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I was able to earn up to $750.00 a month and still keep my social security disability benefits, will I lose my medicare part A and B if I return to work part time?

Hi,

I'm assuming from your question that you qualify for Medicare coverage based on your entitlement to Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits. If that's the case, then your Medicare coverage wouldn't be terminated unless your SSDI entitlement ends, or you stop paying any required Medicare premiums.

Will Social Security Still Take Out Medicare Premiums If My Benefits Are Being Witthheld?

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My social security is being withheld due to IRS reporting company earning on my social security number even though they are reported separate. Individual and company returns.
will they still take out my medicare or will I have to get a medicare replacement plan. This has put my husband and myself in a significant hardship and this is our only income. The company has may very little profit the last 2 years and we have not been able to take any salary in 3 years.

Hi,