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Complete Idiot's Guide to Social Security

ISBN-10: 0028643178
ISBN-13: 9780028643175
Edition: 2002
Authors: Lita Epstein
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Hatching the Nest Egg
Letting the Chicks Out
Roosevelt to the Rescue
A Declaration of Security
A Civil Idea
Designing the Safety Hatch
Passing the Rules: 1935 Social Security Act
Spreading the Word
Social Security Grows Up
Implementing the Plan: The Social Security Board
Finding the Folks: U.S. Postal Service to the Rescue
Crafting Accounts
Paying the Bucks
The 1939 Amendments
A Growing Family
Getting an Early Start
More Benefits = More Costs
The 1950 Windfall
Help for the Disabled
Medicare to the Rescue
Money Crunch
Today's Security
What's the Bill?
Paying the Bill
Workers' and Employers' Bills
Entrepreneurs' Payouts
Who Doesn't Pay
Feeding the Trusts
Trust Money Rules
Trust Funds and the Budget
Weathering the Baby Boom Storm
Getting Your Share
It's All About Me
Something to Live On
Money for Your Spouse
Support for Your Kids
Protecting Yourself If You Can't Work
Following the Rules
Your Out-of-Pocket Costs
How It Works If You're Employed by Someone Else
How It Works If You're Self-Employed
Your Time Commitment
Retirement Requirements
Disability Dues
Survivors and Benefits
Meeting Medicare Requirements
Credit Poor
Admitting Your Age--When Older Is Better
Starting the Paper Trail
Correcting Errors
Getting Your Statement
Didn't Get a Statement?
Counting Your Cash
Cracking the Payout Rules
Planning Your Strategies
Collecting Your Stash
Making Contact
Paperwork Needed
Why You Might Get Less
Timing Your Exit
Your Date to Escape
Your Lifespan Determines Your Income
Early Arrival
Late to the Party
What Timing Is Best for You?
Cracking Open Your Nest Egg
Picking Up the Pieces
Dealing with a Loss
Protecting Your Cash
Making the Right Moves
Scams and Fraud: What Your Should Do
Number Stolen?
Fixing the Mess
Changing Numbers
Partings Not So Sweet
Social Security and Divorce
Timing Is Everything
Spousal Benefits
Survivors' Benefits
No Peeking
Multiple Marriages
The Remarriage Trap--Why So Many Seniors Just Live Together
Changing Numbers
Changing Names
Hard Choices After the Death of a Spouse
Timing Your Actions
Your Benefit Options
Married with Children
Remarriage Hurts
Benefit Options
Government Pension Offset
Making Changes
Women's Differences
Women's Bigger Benefit
Women's Future Benefits
Children's Share
Dough for Kids
Getting Kids' Money
Benefits for a Disabled Child over Age 18
Supplemental Income for Disabled Kids
Meeting the Rules
Continuing Reviews
New Rules at 18
Applying for SSI Benefits
Medical Care
Dependent Parents' Slice
Learning the Rules
Caregiving Resources
Taking Leave from Work
Finances and Your Dependent Parents
Collecting Disability
Passing the Test
Establishing a Work History
Applying for Benefits
Determining Disability
Special Rules If You Are Blind
Collecting Your Money
What If You Are Rejected?
Avoiding Benefit Loss
Staying in Touch
Going Back to Work
How Going Back to Work Affects Benefits
Trial Work Period
Extended Period of Eligibility
Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits
Continuation of Medicare
Impairment-Related Work Expenses
Recovery During Vocational Rehabilitation
Supplementing Income
SSI: Assisting the Poor and Disabled
Rules for Supplementing Income
Applying for Help
Collecting Benefits
Appealing the Decision
Reporting Changes
Reviewing Your Case
Going Back to Work
Getting a PASS
Other Help You Can Get
Living Right
Making Ends Meet
Staying Above Water
Getting COLAs
Stretching Your Bucks
Track and Rate Your Expenses
Learn to Live Frugally ... Before You Need To
Seeking Community Support
Sharing Your Living Space
Working Again
I Don't Want to Quit
Scouting the Rules
Using the Formulas
What Counts as Income?
Special Rules for the Self-Employed
Special Rules for the Year You Retire
Reporting Earnings
Benefits of Going Back to Work
Using Your Assets
Identifying Assets
Integrating Assets
Using Your Investments
Tapping Your Home Equity
Selling Your House and Moving
Home-Equity Line of Credit or a New Mortgage
The Reverse Mortgage Option
Minimizing the Tax Bite
Tax Rules in Retirement
Putting Worksheets to Work
Overearning
Adding Children's Benefits to the Mix
Withholding Taxes from Your Benefits
What Is Taxed?
Retirement Plan Distributions
Tax on Early Distributions
Purchased Annuities
Railroad Retirement Benefits
Military Retirement Pay
What Isn't Taxed
Staying Healthy
Getting Medicare Coverage
Medicare--Starting Coverage
If You're 65 and Already Collecting Social Security
If You're 65 and Not Collecting Social Security
Buying Into Medicare
Should You Apply if You Are Still Working?
What's in Part A
It's Not Free!
Benefit Periods
Your Costs
What's in Part B
Preventive Care Coverage
Don't Forget Those Ugly Exclusions
New Twists to an Old Program
Medicare+Choice Plans
Where Is the Prescription Drug Coverage?
Risks of the Twists
Medicare Rights
Detecting and Preventing Fraud and Abuse
The Future of Medicare
What's Missing from Medicare
Prescription Drug Costs
Medication Problems
Long-Term-Care Drain
Home Care Services
Affordable Health Care for Poor
Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap with Medigap
Slowing the Drug Money Leaks
Long-Term-Care Options
Buy Early and Save
Choosing Coverage
Your Coverage Options
Continuous-Care Communities--Are They for You?
What's Next for the Nest Egg
Running Out of Money
The Multitrillion Dollar Question
Future Speculation
What Are the Trusts?
Who Are the Trustees?
Draining the Trust Funds
Medicare's Troubles
Social Security Shortfall
Long-Range Outlook for the Funds
After the Trusts
Modernizing Medicare
Prescription Drug Coverage
Bush's Prescription Drug Discount Card
The Senate's Preliminary Drug Benefit
Shifting Cost Sharing
Combining Parts A and B
A Myriad of Problems
Privatizing Medicare
Opposition to Privatization
Where's the Information on Privatization?
Getting a Handle on Costs
Working with an Outdated System
Disease Management Programs
Rescuing Social Security
Setting the Stage
The Crisis Isn't Immediate
The Trust Funds Are Real
Key Players
The Pro-Privatization Side of the Fence
The Fence Straddler
The Antiprivatization Side of the Fence
Private Parts
The Cost of Privatization
The Kolbe-Stenholm Bill
Administering the Accounts
International Players
Looking at the UK
Next Steps
Following the Changes
Monitoring Government Agencies
The Administration
Congress
Tracking Private Advocacy Groups
Key Research Studies and Websites You Shouldn't Miss
Your Role in Social Security and Medicare's Future
Appendixes
Glossary
Resources
Special Rules for State and Local Government Workers
Index

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