Nolo Social Security, Medicare & Govt Pensions – Review

Nolo Social Security, Medicare & Govt Pensions – Review explores this definitive guide to understanding and claiming your Social Security benefits. This updated resource contains everything you need to know about retirement, disability, dependents and survivors benefits, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With Nolo’s Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions, you’ll be able to make the best decisions about when and how to claim your benefits so you get the most out of them.

This comprehensive guide will help you understand how to qualify for and enroll in these important programs, as well as compare Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans to find the right coverage for you. You’ll also find detailed information on government pensions and veterans benefits, so you can get the most out of your benefits package.

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Nolo Social Security, Medicare & Govt Pensions – Review

What’s New in the 27th Edition?

  • Additions to Medicare Advantage plans
  • New Medicare costs and Social Security amounts for 2022, and
  • Changes to some Medigap plans.

Whether you’re looking for yourself or helping a parent, you’ll find valuable information here to help get the benefits you’ve earned.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Social Security: The Basics

– History of Social Security
– Social Security Defined
– Eligibility for Benefits
– Earning Work Credits
– Determining Your Benefit Amount
– Your Social Security Earnings Record
– U.S. Citizens’ Rights to Receive Benefits – While Living Abroad
Receiving Benefits as a Noncitizen
Chapter 2 – Social Security Retirement Benefits

– Work Credits Required
– Timing Your Retirement – Benefits Claim
– The Amount of Your Retirement Check
– Working After Claiming Early Retirement Benefits
Chapter 3 – Social Security Disability Benefits

Who Is Eligible
What Is a Disability?
Amount of Disability Benefit Payments
Collecting Additional Benefits
Continuing Eligibility Review
Returning to Work
Chapter 4 – Social Security Dependents Benefits

– Who Is Eligible
– Calculating Dependents Benefits
– Eligibility for More Than One Benefit
– Working While Receiving Benefits
– Government Pension Offset
Chapter 5 – Social Security Survivors Benefits

– Work Credits Required for Eligibility
– Who Is Eligible
– Amount of Survivors Benefits
– Eligibility for More Than One Benefit
– Working While Receiving Benefits
– Government Pension Offset
– When to Claim Social Security Benefits, and Which One to Claim
– Considerations for All Beneficiaries
– Considerations for Specific Situations
Chapter 6: Supplemental Security Income

– Who Is Eligible
– Benefit Amounts
– Reductions to Benefits
Chapter 7 – Applying For Benefits

– Retirement, Dependents, and Survivors Benefits
– Disability Benefits
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
– Finding Out What Happens to Your Claim
Chapter 8 – Appealing a Social Security Decision

– Reconsideration of Decision
– Administrative Hearing
– Appeal to the National Appeals Council
– Lawsuit in Federal Court
– Lawyers and Other Assistance
Chapter 9 – Federal Civil Service Retirement Benefits

– Two Retirement Systems: CSRS and FERS
– Retirement Benefits
– Disability Benefits to Federal Workers
– Payments to Surviving Family Members
– Applying for CSRS or FERS Benefits
Chapter 10 – Veterans Benefits

– Types of Military Service Required
– Compensation for Service-Connected Disability
– Pension Benefits for Financially Needy Disabled Veterans-
– Survivors Benefits
– Medical Treatment
– Getting Information and Applying for Benefits
Chapter 11 – Medicare

– The Medicare Maze
– Medicare: The Basics
– Part A Hospital Insurance
– How Much Medicare Part A Pays
– Part B Medical Insurance
– How Much Medicare Part B Pays
Part D Prescription Drug Coverage
– Medicare Coverage for People With End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Chapter 12 – Medicare Procedures: Enrollment, Claims, and Appeals

– Enrolling in Part A Hospital Insurance
– Enrolling in Part B Medical Insurance
– Medicare’s Payment of Your Medical Bills
– Paying Your Share of the Bill
– Your Medicare Summary Notice
– Appealing the Denial of a Claim
– Medicare Part D: Enrollment, Exceptions, and Appeals
– Switching Part D Plans
– State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs)
Chapter 13 – Medigap Insurance

– Gaps in Medicare
– Standard Medigap Benefit Plans
– Terms and Conditions of Medigap Policies
– Finding the Best Medicare Supplement
Chapter 14 – Medicare Part C: Medicare Advantage Plans

– Medicare Advantage Managed Care Plans
– Medicare Advantage Fee-for-Service Plans
– Choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan
– Comparing Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans
– Your Rights When Joining, Leaving, or Losing a Medicare Advantage Plan
Chapter 15 – Medicaid and State Supplements to Medicare

– Medicaid Defined
– Who Is Eligible
– Medical Costs Covered by Medicaid
– Requirements for Coverage
– Cost of Medicaid Coverage
– Other State Assistance
– Applying for Medicaid, QMB, SLMB, or QI
– What to Do If You Are Denied Coverage

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About Nolo

Nolo has been around since 1971 and they have seen a lot of change in that time. They started off providing do-it-yourself guides and now provide software as well. Their website offers one-stop shopping for all your legal needs with an emphasis on self-help tools like paralegal services or videos teaching you how to navigate the court system more easily than ever before.

About The Author – Joseph Matthews, Attorney

Joseph Matthews is a lawyer who has been practicing since 1971. He taught at UC Berkeley’s law school from 1975-1977. For many years he has worked with issues related to seniors.

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Conclusion

Whether you are just starting to think about retirement or are currently grappling with the tough decision of whether or not to claim your Social Security benefits, Nolo Social Security, Medicare & Govt Pensions book is for you.

It explores everything you need to know about these three government programs and how to maximize your returns.

By reading through this comprehensive guide, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that will help you secure the most favorable outcome for yourself and your loved ones.

Have you thought about claiming your benefits? If so, please comment below in making your decision.

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