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Social Security Q&A: SSI application; Medicare 'Part B' premiums

Tips on how to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Published: April 14, 2013

Q: I have an appointment to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). What kind of information will I need to take with me?

A: So the application process can go smoothly, you should bring: Your Social Security number; your original birth certificate or other proof of your age; information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage or your lease ; payroll slips, bank balances, insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and the things you own; proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status; and if you are applying for SSI because you are disabled or blind, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals and clinics you have visited.

‘Part B' premium

Q: What is the “Part B” Medicare monthly premium for 2013?

A: Most people pay the standard Part B premium of $104.90 each month in 2013. If your modified adjusted gross income on your Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return from two years ago (the most recent tax return information provided to Social Security by the IRS) is above a certain amount, you may need to pay more. Only about 10 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, those with very high income, are required to pay a monthly premium greater than $104.90. For information, go to www. socialsecurity. gov.

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at (800) 772-1213.


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