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Social Security: What Is It, And How Does It Affect Your Medicare

Social Security is one of the most important social programs in the United States. It is a program that provides retirement benefits, disability benefits, and survivors’ benefits to millions of Americans. In this blog post, we will discuss what social security is, how it works, and how it affects your Medicare coverage.

What Is The Social Security Program?  

The social security program is a social insurance program that is financed by payroll taxes. It was created in 1935 to provide economic security for workers and their families in the event of retirement, disability, or death. The social security program is offered and administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

How Does Social Security Work?  

The Social Security program is funded by payroll taxes of US citizens. These taxes are imposed on wages and self-employment income. The revenue from these taxes is used to pay social security benefits. Social Security benefits are paid to retirees, disabled workers, and the survivors of deceased workers. How much you will receive in social security benefits depends on your work history and earnings.

What Does Social Security Have To Do With Medicare?  

Medicare is a social insurance program that is also funded by payroll taxes, and it provides health insurance coverage for seniors and disabled Americans. Medicare is offered and administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Medicare benefits are paid to US citizens who are 65 years of age or older, or who have been determined to be disabled.

Social Security and Medicare are two separate social insurance programs. However, they are both financed by payroll taxes. In addition, if you are eligible for social security benefits, you may also be eligible for Medicare benefits. If you receive social security benefits, your Medicare coverage will begin automatically when you turn 65 years old. You will also not have to pay any premiums for your Medicare coverage since your social security fund covers it.

How Much Do You Pay For Medicare With Your Social Security Fund?  

Social security taxes are used to finance both social security benefits and Medicare benefits. The social security tax rate is currently set at 12.40%. This means that for every $100 you earn, $12.40 is withheld from your paycheck to pay for social security and Medicare.

How Does Social Security Affect Your Medicare Coverage?  

If you are a social security beneficiary, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance). Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) is optional, but most social security beneficiaries choose to enroll in it. If you enroll in Medicare Part B, you will have to pay a monthly premium for it. The amount of your premium will depend on your income. If you have social security disability benefits, you may be eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B after 24 months. If you have social security survivors’ benefits, you may be eligible for Medicare Part A and Part B after 60 months. You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan if you have social security benefits and meet certain other criteria. Medicare Advantage plans are an alternative to Medicare Original Part A and B. They are offered by private insurance companies and provide all of the benefits of Original Medicare, plus additional benefits such as dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage.

How Much Does Medicare Cost For A Single Person?  

The standard Part B premium for 2022 is $170.10 per month. The Part B deductible is $233. You will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor’s services, outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment. Part A has a $0 deductible for hospital stays that last 60 days or less. For hospital stays that last longer than 60 days, you will pay a daily co-insurance amount. There is also a Skilled Nursing Facility copayment for days 21 through 100 of each benefit period.

Summary

Social security and Medicare are two social insurance programs that are funded by payroll taxes. If you are a social security beneficiary, you are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A. You may also choose to enroll in Medicare Part B, but you will have to pay a monthly premium for it. You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan if you have social security benefits and meet certain other criteria. The standard Part B premium for 2022 is $170.10 per month. The Part B deductible is $233. You will pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for most doctor’s services, outpatient therapy, and durable medical equipment. There is also a Skilled Nursing Facility copayment for days 21 through 100 of each benefit period.

 

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This is a general information article only. It is not intended to take the place of professional legal or financial advice. If you have specific questions, please consult a qualified professional from The Sosa Insurance Group.