Managing the Social Security Maze consists of seven units.
- What is Social Security? - This unit gives you information about the purpose, background, history, and future of the Social Security System.
- Applying for Social Security - This unit discusses Social Security eligibility and when you should apply for Social Security.
- Social Security Benefits - This unit will give you information about how the Social Security Administration calculates your benefits, the timing of your retirement decision and its effects on your benefits, spouse and family benefits, the maximum and minimum retirement benefits, COLAs, and death and survivor benefits.
- Medicare Benefits - This unit describes Medicare, its four parts, how to apply for Medicare, and what to do once you are enrolled.
- The Ins and Outs of Disability Retirement - This unit defines disability and addresses the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits. It also shows the steps to take if you are denied this benefit. It also addresses the 5-month wait for benefits as well as Medicare eligibility. It concludes with a look at the "Ticket to Work" program for vocational rehabilitation.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - This unit covers the definition of Supplemental Security Income, who is eligible for SSI, the process for applying for SSI, the documentation required to apply for SSI, the timing of your application, and your rights under the SSI program.
- What is the Medicaid Program? - This unit addresses the Medicaid Program, the differences from state to state, and the key eligibility groups.
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