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Old 08-05-2015, 07:45 PM
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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Originally Posted by csatt1 View Post
I'm going to retire at age 65. When I applied online the form didn't ask about or give any info about SS payments. I figured they would ask for more information when they accepted my application. I have applied for benefits and received my letter from the SSA. I was informed I will be qualified to receive medicare A and B in October. However the letter did not mention receiving my SS check or payments. It did say medicare was all the benefits I could get at this time. I thought maybe I had to apply for the payment benefits with a different form or on a different website, but can't find anything on the SSA website. Any suggestions?
Please look at the letter you received. If it has your SS# and the letter T after it, you only applied for Medicare and not for your benefits. If that is the case, you must go back online and click "apply for Retirement". Thankfully, the month you are interested in choosing as your retirement, (65) is a future month, so you have not lost out on any checks.

Because if your award letter does have that letter "T", and not an "A", that application for Medicare ONLY, is not protective for cash benefits.

In terms of an estimate, there is a link on the ssa.gov website for "My Social Security". You need to set up an account, answer some sort of tricky questions, so they know it is truly you and then you can get your estimates and review your earnings record. (That is another tab- be certain to click it.). However, because it seems like you applied for at least Medicare, I am not certain if you will be able to do "My Social Security". If that is the case, then call 1-800-772-1213 (SS toll free #) and they can give you an estimate. If you want an appointment, they can make one for you as well.

Any other questions, be sure to ask.
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Old 08-05-2015, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ilovemycat View Post
However, because it seems like you applied for at least Medicare, I am not certain if you will be able to do "My Social Security".
I have a "My Social Security" account, and am not enrolled in SS or Medicare yet. It is not a prerequisite. I use it to keep up with my earnings record and estimates.
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