Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
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How old are you please?
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But, I am happy to answer your questions right here, no need for either of the others if you don't wish for that.
Are you still working?
Also, are you getting 2 Ss checks?
I had to run out quickly! Sorry, I am back.
OK, there will be COLAs again. So that should help. What are you paying for Medicare? 104.90?
You said, "I then started t receive widows benefit, along with his social security" -- can you clarify what you mean by that because it seems to say 2 benefits. Thanks in advance for clarifying.
when you say "widows pension" are you referring to Social Security?
OK, this causes confusion because we don't receive his when he dies. Rather, you receive a Survivor benefit amount based on his record IF it is bigger than your own work record benefit. You could then be getting your own plus the balance to get your total amount up to the survivor amount due you.But that all said, OK, so WHY is it reduced? Let's see if we can figure out the likely cause. From 200 to $123 is decent jump down.Please tell me what Medicare insurance or insurances you have. I.e. do you have an advantage plan? Rx plan? Supplemental plan?
Also, has your income changed substantially from 2013 to 2014?
Do you get ALL your SS benefits in ONE check per month? I think that is what you said before. If that is the case, what reference is leading you to believe that it is the Widow's addition amount, on top of your own amount, that is going down? Do you have reason to believe it is NOT that the deductions have increased, but that the actual gross amount of the benefit is reduced?Also, do you have your 1099s from 2014 and 2015?