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Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Jonathan Peterson

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Chapter 12

Enrolling in Medicare

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the different parts of Medicare

arrow Knowing when you qualify

arrow Deciding whether and when to enroll

arrow Knowing your options for paying your Medicare premiums

arrow Paying penalties for missed deadlines

arrow Buying Medigap coverage

arrow Reaching out for financial help

Medicare is the healthcare program for more than 42 million people 65 and older (as well as millions of other people — more on that later). Social Security and Medicare are twin pillars of support for older Americans, and they work closely together.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) handles your signup for Medicare, figures the penalties if you miss Medicare deadlines, and assesses the surcharges paid by high-income beneficiaries. It also administers the Extra Help program that ...

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