Many people believe that all they need to do is sign up for Social Security sometime after the age of 62 and Medicare once they turn 65 and there is very little they need to think about in making these decisions. However, if people want to get the most money possible from Social Security and spend the least amount of money while getting the maximum benefits from their Medicare, they need to do some planning BEFORE they ever sign up for either program.
Below you will find links to a group of articles that you will want to read and think about as you get close to your retirement age. In addition, I want to mention that the rules regarding these programs, and the costs involved with Medicare, change nearly every year. It is important to make sure you get the latest information possible before you make any final decisions.
Article Links for Information about Social Security and Medicare
2015 Medicare Changes, Premiums and Deductibles (2015)
2016 Social Security Increase Ridiculously Low
2018 Social Security COLA and Medicare Premium Increases
Annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period
Common Medicare Mistakes
Confusing Parts of Medicare
Electronic Social Security Payments Only Option Since 2013
Guide for When Someone Dies (who to contact)
How to Access Your Social Security Information Online
How to Collect Social Security and Retire Overseas
Hopeful News for the Future of Medicare
How to Fix Medicare (read above article, as well)
How to Sign Up for Medicare
Important Medicare Tips for Boomers
Living on Social Security in the U.S.
Maximize Your Social Security Benefits for an Easier Retirement
Medicare Changes Planned by Congress
Medicare and Cancer Benefits - Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
New and Expanded Medicare Programs
No Social Security COLA in 2016 - Medicare Rates Rise for Millions
Proposed Changes to Social Security (in 2017)
Proposed Changes to Medicare (in 2017)
Protect Yourself from Medicare Fraud
Pros and Cons of Social Security Privatization
Public Assistance for Low Income Retirees (SSI, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Housing, etc.)
Should You Get a Medicare Advantage Plan with Your Medicare?
Should You Get Medigap Supplemental Insurance with Your Medicare?
Social Security and Remarriage
Social Security at Age 70 Maximizes Future Income
Social Security Benefit Changes (2016)
Social Security Cost of Living Increases Under a Chained CPI
Social Security Myths and Misunderstandings
Social Security Plans of Clinton and Trump
What is the Average Amount of Social Security?
When to Take Social Security Benefits Early
Where to Retire in the U.S. on Social Security Alone
Women and Social Security
This article contains links only to articles that pertain to Social Security, Medicare and other assistance programs that are available to support you financially or cover your medical expenses once you reach retirement age.
In addition, you will want to read the additional articles in this blog that discuss where to retire, common medical issues, financial planning, changing family relationships and more. Use the tabs or pull down menus at the top of this blog to find links to these blog articles.
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