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Social Security Q&A

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

Sept. 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.

Question:

How does the recent Supreme Court decision about the Defense of Marriage Act affect Social Security benefits?

Answer:

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 and smoothly.

 

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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.

Question:

Is it true that if you have low income you can get help paying your Medicare premiums?

Answer:

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.

If you have limited income and resources, you also may be able to get Extra Help paying for prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp.

Also, see our publication, Medicare, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Type the title of the publication in the publication search box on the left side of the page. For even more information, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov. You can also visit www.healthcare.gov for information about Medicare options.

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 Oscar.h.garcia@ssa.gov.

 

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