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February 11, 2014 > Olympians of (Social) Security

Olympians of (Social) Security

By Mariaelena Lemus Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in San Jose

While the eyes of the world focus on the XXII Winter Olympics in the resort town of Sochi, Russia this month, weÕd like to bring your attention to another worthy focal point: internet safety.

February 11 is Safer Internet Day. If there were an Olympic event for safe Internet transactions, we believe the Social Security Administration would be in the running for a gold medal. We take Internet security seriously. After all, Security is our middle name.

What are some of the convenient, safe, and secure things you can do online at www.socialsecurity.gov?

You can get a personalized estimate of your future benefits using our Retirement Estimator. Apply for retirement or disability benefits. If you donÕt plan to retire but you want to apply only for Medicare at age 65, you can do it online. You can even establish and maintain a my Social Security account at any age to access all your personal Social Security information at any time convenient for you. All of these things can be done in minutes, and you donÕt have to worry about security issues. On Safer Internet Day and every day, your information is secure with us.

If youÕve experienced a safe, convenient service at our website, why not share the experience at our social media hub? Of course, youÕll want to be careful not to post any personal identifying information, such as your Social Security number. But whether you want to spread the word about Safer Internet Day or share an experience youÕve had dealing with Social Security, we encourage you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. YouÕll find these connections, along with the ability to get email updates, view the photo blog, join webinars and more at our social media hub. Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov/socialmedia.

The next Olympic event is about to begin in Sochi. But remember that the Social Security Administration gets a gold medal when it comes to safe transactions on the Internet. Security is our middle name.



Social Security Q&A

Question:
I didnÕt enroll in Medicare Part B back when my Part A started a few years ago. Can I enroll now?

Answer:
Yes Ñ but if you want to do it this year, youÕll have to act soon. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B, medical insurance, began January 1 and runs through March 31. Keep in mind that although there is no monthly premium for Medicare Part A, there will be a premium for your Medicare Part B. And in most cases, that premium goes up each 12-month period you were eligible for it and elected not to enroll. To find out more about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov or www.socialsecurity.gov and select the ÒMedicareÓ link.


Question:
Will my Medicare coverage change because of the Affordable Care Act?

Answer:
No, not at all. People who have Medicare coverage are not affected by the Affordable Care Act. Medicare is not a part of the Affordable Care ActÕs Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, your Medicare benefits are not changing. You do not need to replace your Medicare coverage with Marketplace coverage. For more information about the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov. For more information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, visit www.medicare.gov. Or read our publication on Medicare at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.

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