Q & A

Ask Rusty – A “Surprise” Medicare Premium Increase

Dear Rusty:  I don’t know if my situation is unique but here it is. Years ago, I bought savings bonds to add to my retirement and now that I have cashed some in, I not only must pay income tax…

Ask Rusty – Explaining WEP and GPO

Dear Rusty: My wife is a retired Missouri teacher and now on Medicare. Unfortunately, due to the windfall elimination provision for teachers in our state, she cannot get Social Security. So, she must pay for her Medicare. I’ve never quite…

Ask Rusty – Changed my mind after claiming Social Security

Dear Rusty:  I will be 67 years old this September and have been receiving my Social Security benefits since September of last year (2017). I’ve found that I do not need the money now, and since I don’t need the…

Ask Rusty – Declining Medicare Part B

Dear Rusty: Perhaps you could do an article about deferring Medicare Part B. I never found a way to formally “defer” part B, so apparently, we just ignore it if we have other qualified health insurance. I turned 65 in…

Ask Rusty – Should I claim Social Security at age 65?

Dear Rusty:  Should I take Social Security at 65? My date of birth is August 1953 and I just signed up for both Social Security and Medicare. My plan was to start Medicare and Social Security at age 65, but…

Ask Rusty – Working, Earning, and Investing SS benefits

Dear Rusty:  I am 63 ½ and working full time with a salary of $125,000/year. Given the early collection rules I believe it would not make any sense to start collecting Social Security now but tell me if I am…

Ask Rusty – When You’re Known by Your Middle Name

Dear Rusty:  For those of us who use our middle name as the name we are known by (and there are many famous persons who are), why does the Social Security Administration mandate the use of the first name when…

Ask Rusty – Should I take Social Security at 62?

Dear Rusty:  My husband took an early retirement at age 62, and I will be turning 62 next year. I am having some health issues and I’m thinking about taking an early retirement. Is this a good idea?  Signed:  Uncertain…

Ask Rusty – Social Security ‘Notch Baby’ seeks restitution

Dear Rusty: My husband was a “notch baby” and has been collecting less Social Security than his brother-in-law who had a lesser profession. Is there any hope for correcting this? Signed: Wondering and Hopeful   Dear Hopeful: Well, the whole “notch baby” controversy…

Ask Rusty – File Early and Invest vs Wait to File

Dear Rusty:  I read your article entitled “Doing a Breakdown Analysis” and noted that the article was in response to a reader question about when to take Social Security Benefits. The writer commented “I’m in pretty good health and don’t…

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