Can My Spouse Get Medicare When I Retire?

Can My Spouse Get Medicare When I Retire?

Social Security retirement benefits are only available to the worker. However, the worker's spouse or ex-spouse may be eligible for Social Security benefits if the worker was a Social Security beneficiary or had a qualifying disability in the month before he or she died. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

If my spouse is a Social Security beneficiary, can I get Social Security benefits?

If your spouse is a Social Security or Railroad Retirement beneficiary, you may be eligible for benefits on his or her record. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or contact your local Social Security office.

If my spouse has a pension, will I be eligible for it?

The Social Security Act does not allow a divorced spouse of a railroad worker to receive a surviving spouse pension benefit if the worker had a pension. However, a surviving spouse may receive a pension if the worker had a pension and was eligible for Social Security disability or retirement benefits.

For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or contact your local Social Security office.

17. How can I contact Social Security?

You can write or visit your local Social Security office. You can find the nearest Social Security office at www.socialsecurity.gov.

You can also call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012 (TTY 1-877-690-1012), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or visit SSA.gov.

18. What does Social Security do with the information I provide?

The information you provide will be used to administer Social Security and other Federal and state programs. Social Security may also use the information you provide to discover errors and omissions in Social Security records. Social Security will not disclose the information you provide to anyone outside of Social Security unless authorized by statute or regulation.

19. How do I contact Social Security about a Social Security matter?

To request a statement of benefits, call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012 (TTY 1-877-690-1012), or visit SSA.gov.

To report fraud, waste, or abuse, call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012; or visit SSA.gov.

To report a Social Security program violation, call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012, or visit SSA.gov.

To request a Social Security form or other information, call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012, or visit SSA.gov.

To report SSA's concerns about someone who is unlawfully using Social Security benefits or Social Security numbers, call the Social Security toll-free number, 1-877-690-1012, or visit SSA.gov.

To request the address and telephone number of a local Social Security office, visit SSA.gov.

To file a complaint, contact your local Social Security office. If you are not satisfied with the service you receive, you may write to the Commissioner of Social Security, P.O. Box 17769, Baltimore, MD 21235-7769.

20. What is my Social Security Number?

Your Social Security number is a nine-digit number issued to you by the Social Security Administration. It is used to identify you for Social Security purposes and to track your earnings. You do not have to apply for a Social Security number. If you are working, you are required to have a Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, contact the Social Security Administration toll-free at 1-877-690-1012.

If you have a Social Security card, you will need to know your Social Security number to get Medicare benefits. You must have a Social Security card to get credit in your name, collect your Social Security benefits, or get a job.

21. How can I find my Social Security number?

Your Social Security number is on your Social Security card. If you do not have your Social Security card, you can get a replacement card by completing Form SS-5 and submitting it to your local Social Security office.

If you are not in the United States, contact Social Security at 1-877-690-1012 or visit SSA.gov. The Social Security Administration will provide you with your Social Security number.

22. What is a Social Security card?

Your Social Security card is evidence of the amount of your earnings on which Social Security taxes were paid. It is also evidence that you are eligible for Social Security benefits. The law requires employers to see your Social Security card to verify your employment and wages.

If you are not in the United States, contact Social Security at 1-877-690-1012 or visit SSA.gov.

23. Is my Social Security card the same as a Medicare card?

No, the Social Security card is not the same as a Medicare card. However, you need a Social Security card to get Medicare benefits. You must have a Social Security card to get credit in your name, collect your Social Security benefits, or get a job.

24. How do I get a Medicare card?

You will automatically receive a Medicare card when you become eligible for Medicare Part A and/or Part B. For more information about your Medicare card, visit www.medicare.gov.

25. Where can I find information about Medicare eligibility and enrollment?

Visit the Medicare website: www.medicare.gov.

26. Where can I find additional information on Social Security and Medicare?

Visit SSA.gov.

27. How can I get help if I think someone is using my Social Security number or Medicare card?

If you have evidence that a person is using your Social Security number or Medicare

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