Social Security Joins Others in Government to Meet
Supreme Court Order on Same Sex Marriage
Social Security Q&A author also reminds seniors there
is help available to pay for Medicare
11, 2013 Social Security, like other government agencies, is
scrambling to swing into action to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court decision on
the Defense of Marriage Act, which requires that same sex married
couples be treated the same as couples of opposite sex. Oscar Garcia of SSA says
those who think they are due benefits should apply now. He also reminds
seniors there is help for some to pay Medicare premiums.
the recent Supreme Court decision about the Defense of Marriage Act
affect Social Security benefits?
The President has directed
the Attorney General to work with other members of his Cabinet to review
the recent Supreme Court decision and determine its impact on Federal
benefit programs. This includes benefits administered by the Social
Security Administration to ensure that we implement the decision swiftly
We are working with the
Department of Justice to determine how the decision affects our
programs, and to develop appropriate instructions for our personnel.
We encourage individuals
who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits to apply
now, to protect against the loss of any potential benefits. We will
process these claims as soon as we have finalized our instructions.
If you think you might be
eligible for benefits, we encourage you to apply right away. Applying
now will preserve your filing date, which we use to determine the start
of potential benefits. We will move swiftly to
process claims once we have finalized instructions for our personnel.
true that if you have low income you can get help paying your Medicare
Yes. If your income and
resources are limited, your state may be able to help with your Medicare
Part B premium, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts. State rules vary
on the income and resources that apply. Contact your State or local
medical assistance, social services, or welfare office, or call the
Medicare hotline, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), and ask about the
Medicare Savings Programs.
Oscar Garcia is a Public
Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. You can
direct your questions to him at: SSA, 411 Richland Hills Drive, San
Antonio, Texas, 78245. You can also email him at
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