Why is my first Medicare bill so high?

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asked Aug 26 in Insurance by Celeste (1,420 points)
Why is my first Medicare bill so high?

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answered Aug 26 by Duedads (3,490 points)
Your first Medicare bill can be so high due to late enrollment penalties which can increase your first Medicare bill.

When you're late signing up for the Original Medicare (Medicare Parts A and B) and/or Medicare Part D, you can owe late enrollment penalties.

This late penalty amount is added to your Medicare Premium Bill and may be why your first Medicare bill was higher than you expected.

To request a reduction of your Medicare premium, contact your local Social Security office to schedule an appointment or fill out form SSA-44 and submit it to the office by mail or in person.

Social Security will take out around $148.50 per month from your social security payments for Medicare.

Social Security takes out $148.50 per month for Medicare each month.

A person on SSI can have up to $2,000.00 in the bank for an individual and $3,000.00 for a couple.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program.

To get SSI, your countable resources must not be worth more than $2,000.00 for an individual or $3,000.00 for a couple.

They call this the resource limit.

Countable resources are the things you own that count toward the resource limit.

The most approved disability is musculoskeletal disabilities and arthritis.

The state that pays the highest disability is New Jersey with an average disability payment of $1,689.00 per month.

Other states that pay the highest disability payments are.

Connecticut: $1,685.00 per month.
Delaware: $1,659.00 per month.
New Hampshire: $1,644.00 per month.
Maryland: $1,624.00 per month.

The hardest state to get disability payments is Oklahoma.

The state of Oklahoma has an SSDI approval rate of only 33.4%

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. Social Security administers this program.

They pay monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older.

Blind or disabled children may also get SSI.

To get SSI, you must meet one of these requirements: • Be age 65 or older.

Be totally or partially blind.

Have a medical condition that keeps you from working and is expected to last at least one year or result in death.

There are different rules for children.

Social Security benefits come from a fund that is created by the taxes paid into the system. SSI benefits, on the other hand, come from the U.S. Treasury's general funds.

The major difference SSI and Disability payments is that SSI determination is based on age/disability and limited income and resources, whereas SSDI determination is based on disability and work credits.

In addition, in most states, an SSI recipient will automatically qualify for health care coverage through Medicaid.

To find out if you're eligible for increased SSI payments the social security administration will need to compare how much money you earned the year before your disability began and how much you earn or are earning now after you've received disability payments.

The amount of money you'll be able to receive will depend on how much your earnings are and if you qualify.

There's no guarantee that you'll increase your SSI benefits.

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