School of Social Security & Medicare

The School of Social Security & Medicare, presented by Meld University, conducts classes and publishes articles to help you stay up to date on topics related to government supported retirement benefits.

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2021 Medicare Premiums, Deductibles and Coinsurance Announced

School of Social Security & Medicare

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles and Coinsurance changes for 2021 were recently announced. Here’s what you need to know.

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How to Calculate Provisional Income (a.k.a. Combined Income)

School of Social Security & Medicare

To prevent excess taxation on your Social Security income, it’s important to know how to calculate provisional income.

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Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment [COLA] for 2021

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The Social Security Administration announced the Cost of Living Adjustment for 2021. Learn how this change could impact your finances.

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Medicare – Are You Paying Too Much Premium?

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Pat Burris, CFP® discusses Medicare and the steps you need to take to ensure you aren’t paying too much premium for your Medicare coverage.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Social Security

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The COVID-19 pandemic is changing everything, including Social Security. Patricia L. Burris, CFP® discusses these impacts, so you know what to expect.

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Social Security and the Earnings Test

School of Social Security & Medicare

When you claim Social Security benefits prior to your SS Full Retirement Age and continue to work, your benefits will be subject to the earnings test.

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Social Security and Medicare Cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2020

School of Social Security & Medicare

Find out the upcoming adjustments to Social Security and Medicare. Benefits and COLA details are provided so you can prepare for 2020.

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Special Social Security Filing Strategies

School of Social Security & Medicare

If you were born before January 2, 1954 you may be able to have your cake and eat it too regarding Social Security. In this article, we explore this special strategy.

Security Filing Strategies
What is Your Social Security Full Retirement Age and Why it Matters?

School of Social Security & Medicare

The Social Security defines Full Retirement Age (FRA) as the age at which you are entitled to receive your full Social Security benefits known as Primary Insurance Amount (PIA).