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Beauty Of Social Security: Payments In Arrears, Medicare Premiums In Advance!

by Anura Guruge


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Got this letter from Social Security yesterday and its obvious irony made me smile.

That Social Security pays one month in arrears is legendary. So, the month you are due to start getting ‘Social’ you don’t get paid. You get paid the following month. I think this means that YOU miss out on a month while still alive but your estate will get that month when you die. Nothing you can do.

So, you would think that the same rule would apply to Medicare premiums, i.e., they will collect in arrears to stay lock-step with their payments. No, Siree. They collect premiums one month in advance! Talk about nickel-and-diming folks.

Only in the U.S. of A.


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I Got My ‘Medicare’ Card Today — A Few Weeks Earlier Than Expected.

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They say that they send it to you three months ahead of your start date. So, I was not expecting it for at least another couple of weeks. But, I was glad to have got it.

The Social Security Administration (SSA), whatever people might say about it, is on the ball — other than when it comes to calculating children’s benefits, which takes them months.

I think I am in the first batch of folks to get the NEW style Medicare cards, sans a Social Security number. From what I have seen they only started sending out the new style cards as of mid-April 2018.

As soon as I got the card, and had scanned it for posterity, I went ahead and set up my MyMedicare.gov account. Easy enough, after I worked out that they want my user-id in all caps though I typed it in lowercase. Now just have to select a Part C ‘Advantage’ plan with drug coverage and I am all set.


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U.S. ‘Social Security’ Came To Be This Day 82-Years Ago — August 14, 1935: Rejoice & Enjoy It While We Can!

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I started collecting my Social Security as soon as I turned 62 — in 2015. I wasn’t going to wait. I paid in enough and I wanted to reap the benefits. I do not believe or agree with delaying when you start collecting.

I like the Social Security Administration (SSA). When I lived in Maryland, nearly 30-years ago, many of my neighbors worked for the SSA. The SSA is no perfect but they try and by and large I have found them to be very helpful.

Yes, I worry as to the future of Social Security. There are so many EASY fixes. First and foremost the max. contribution CAP should be abolished. Pay SS on all your earnings with NO Cap. That will help the funding no end.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was much a DAMN FINE president. What a stark contrast to what we have today. Yikes.


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Kudos To The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office In Concord, N.H.

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Concord, N.H. SSA office at 70 Commercial St.

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by Anura Guruge


Credit where credit is deserved and due.

I made an appointment at the SSA Concord [NH] office, in 70 Commercial St., so that I could go an apply for my SSA pension now that I will turn 62 in September. Yes, of course I know that I could have applied online. But, if I applied online I needed to send my 62 year old birth certificate, issued in Ceylon, at the ‘Slave Island’ registry office, to Baltimore! You have to send the original or a certified copy. I HOPED that by applying in person, at an office, I might be able to hold onto my birth certificate. That was INDEED the case. So, it worked out exactly as I was hoping it would. Deanna was skeptical. But she had to admit that ‘it worked’.

This was the third time in 8 years that I have visited that SSA office. Each time I have been pleasantly surprised at their cordiality, courtesy and professionalism. Punctual too! I had a 10:30 appointment yesterday and I made sure to be early. You have to ‘punch in’, with your Social, when you arrive. So they knew I was there. They called me in 5 minutes early! That alone was impressive.

Very nice people. All three of my interactions with them have been superlative. I know people love to say unkind things about government workers BUT these folks really are trying to be nice and helpful. So lets give credit where credit is due. It was a pleasant experience. No hassle. Yes, they wanted a ton of additional paper that I now have to mail in — but that is fair.

Just wanted to let you know. IF you are in New Hampshire and you have to deal with the SSA do NOT hesitate in contacting the Concord office. They are very nice and will take care of you — WELL.

P.S., I am not trying to curry favor. I have paid into my SSA and I am now due. SMILE.