Our online tools and services will save you time and make your life easier. Often there is no need to contact the social security service. Here are five of our web pages that can make your life easier:
1. Request a Social Security Card Replacement, Confirm Your Income, Get an Estimate of Future Payments, Instantly Receive Letters Confirming Benefits and more with your personal my social security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
2. Visit our FAQ page at www.ssa.gov/faq to get answers to social security questions.
3. Complete and submit your online retirement application in just 15 minutes www.ssa.gov/retiment.
4. Access our library of publications and receive online booklets and brochures, including audio versions, on relevant topics at www.ssa.gov/pubs.
5. Get the news when the press is hot. Follow the news and updates of social insurance in our blog at blog.ssa.gov.
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Question: I didn’t enroll in Medicare Part B back when my Part A started a few years ago. Can I sign up now?
A: It depends. The general registration period for Medicare Part B, health insurance, begins on January 1 and lasts until March 31. Keep in mind that although there is no monthly premium for Part A Medicare, there will be a premium for your Part B Medicare. In most cases, this premium increases every 12-month period if you were eligible for it and decided not to register. If you are covered by a group health plan based on your employment or the employment of a spouse, you may be eligible for a special enrollment. Special registration can be processed at any time during the year, but confirmation of coverage is required. To learn more about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov or www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/.
Question: How can I get a copy of the Medicare Prescription Medication Plan?
A: If you would like to apply for additional care with the cost of a Medicare prescription plan, we encourage you to use our online application at www.ssa.gov/i1020. You can find instructions in 15 different languages to help you understand the English program www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp. If you prefer not to complete this application online, you can call our toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request a paper application. Alternatively, you can make an appointment with your local social security office to apply for additional Medicare prescription costs. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This column was prepared by the Department of Social Protection. For quick answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov.