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Social Security & Medicare are two different programs

Confusing Social Security’s rules with Medicare’s rules can have some costly consequences, especially for those still working and who remain covered under an employer healthcare plan once they reach Medicare’s normal activation age of 65.  With such coverage, it’s not necessary to pay the Medicare Part B premiums until your job status changes or your employer healthcare coverage ends.  And there’s no mandatory age at which you must apply for Social Security. This NY Newsday column by Lynn Brenner cautions that confusing Social Security and Medicare rules can be costly, and also explains the differences between the two programs.  Click here to read more.

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