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

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Get the most out of the new Medicare drug coverage!Everyone wants to get the most out of their retirement benefits-not to mention the best medical coverage and prescription drug benefits. Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions clearly explains what the different benefits are, and shows you how to claim what you've earned, including: *the new Medicare ...
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Overview

Get the most out of the new Medicare drug coverage!Everyone wants to get the most out of their retirement benefits-not to mention the best medical coverage and prescription drug benefits. Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions clearly explains what the different benefits are, and shows you how to claim what you've earned, including: *the new Medicare prescription-drug coverage
*Social Security retirement and disability benefits
*Social Security dependents and survivor benefits
*Supplemental Security Income
*federal, state and local government pensions
*Medicare and Medicaid
*medigap insurance and Medicare managed-care plans
*veterans benefits The 11th edition is completely updated to provide the latest information:Learn about "Medicare Part D," which now provides coverage for outpatient prescription drug costs-understand what it covers, how to apply for it, and how to use it. You'll also find the latest on Medicare, Medicare HMOs and other managed care plans, as well as the 12 types of medigap health plans. This plain-English book is a must-have for anyone age 60 or over, and anyone who helps care for an elder.
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Editorial Reviews

Accounting Today
"The inside scoop on how to get the most out of the current system..."
Contra Costa Times
"Offers clear explanations of what to expect from a remarkable safety net that has withstood the test of time..."
Jane Glenn Hass
A guidebook through the maze of Social Security and Medicare options.
Orange County Register
Michael Pellechia
A handy reference... [this] publisher's credentials in self-help law are impeccable.
Syndicated Columnist
Pasadena Star-News
"Anyone who can write a readable guide to Medicare should get a medal.... Why can't the system be as straightforward as this book?"
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Social Security: The Basics
A. History of Social Security
B. Social Security Defined
C. Eligibility for Benefits
D. Earning Work Credits
E. Determining Your Benefit Amount
F. Your Social Security Earnings Record
G. Reading Your Social Security Statement
H. Correcting Your Record
I. U.S. Citizens' Rights to Receive Benefits While Living Abroad
J. Receiving Benefits as a Noncitizen

2. Social Security Retirement Benefits
A. Work Credits Required
B. Timing Your Retirement
C. The Amount of Your Retirement Check
D. Working After Claiming Early Retirement Benefits

3. Social Security Disability Benefits
A. Who Is Eligible
B. What Is a Disability
C. Amount of Disability Benefit Payments
D. Collecting Additional Benefits
E. Review of Your Eligibility
F. Returning to Work

4. Social Security Dependents Benefits
A. Who Is Eligible
B. Calculating Dependents Benefits
C. Eligibility for More Than One Benefit
D. Working While Receiving Benefits
E. Public Employee Pension Offset

5. Social Security Survivors Benefits
A. Who Is Eligible
B. Whether the Deceased Had Enough Work Credits
C. Amount of Survivors Benefits
D. Eligibility for More Than One Benefit
E. Working While Receiving Benefits
F. Offset for Public Employment Pension

6. Supplemental Security Income
A. Who Is Eligible
B. Benefit Amounts
C. Reductions to Benefits

7. Applying for Benefits
A. Retirement, Dependents, and Survivors Benefits
B. Disability Benefits
C. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
D. Finding Out What Happens to Your Claim

8. Appealing a Social Security Decision
A. Reconsideration of Decision
B. Administrative Hearing
C. Appeal to the National Appeals Council
D. Lawsuit in Federal Court
E. Lawyers and Other Assistance

9. Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefits
A. Two Retirement Systems: CSRS and FERS
B. Retirement Benefits
C. Disability Benefits to Federal Workers
D. Payments to Surviving Family Members
E. Applying for CSRS or FERS Benefits

10. Veterans Benefits
A. Types of Military Service Required
B. Compensation for Service-Connected Disability
C. Pension Benefits for Financially Needy Disabled Veterans
D. Survivors Benefits
E. Medical Treatment
F. Getting Information and Applying for Benefits

11. Medicare
A. The Medicare Maze
B. Medicare: The Basics
C. Part A Hospital Insurance
D. How Much Medicare Part A Pays
E. Part B Medical Insurance
F. How Much Medicare Part B Pays
G. Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

12. Medicare Procedures: Enrollment, Claims, and Appeals
A. Enrolling in Part A Hospital Insurance
B. Enrolling in Part B Medical Insurance
C. Medicare's Payment of Your Medical Bills
D. Paying Your Share of the Bill
E. How to Read a Medicare Summary Notice
F. Appealing the Denial of a Claim
G. Medicare Part D: Enrollment, Exceptions, and Appeals
H. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP)

13. Medigap Insurance
A. Gaps in Medicare
B. Standard Medigap Benefit Plans
C. Terms and Conditions of Medigap Policies
D. Finding the Best Medicare Supplement

14. Medicare Managed Care Plans
A. The Structure of Managed Care
B. Choosing a Medicare Managed Care Plan
C. Comparing Medigap and Managed Care Plans
D. Your Rights When Joining, Leaving, or Losing Managed Care Coverage

15. Medicaid and State Supplements to Medicare
A. Medicaid Defined
B. Who Is Eligible
C. Medical Costs Covered by Medicaid
D. Requirements for Coverage
E. Cost of Medicaid Coverage
F. Other State Assistance
G. Applying for Medicaid, QMB, SLMB, or QI
H. What to Do If You Are Denied Coverage
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