SSA is Dedicated to Helping the People We Serve
There are few, if any, federal agencies that positively impact the lives of people in the way the Social Security Administration (SSA) does. Millions count on SSA—retirees who worked hard their whole lives, people who are no longer able to work due to disability, and many more. Our programs touch the lives of almost every person in the nation. And our employees work diligently to ensure that the people we serve receive critical benefits and other services. It is my honor and privilege to lead them in their efforts.
We are nearing the end of the fiscal year. While this past year has not been without its challenges, I am proud to say that our accomplishments have far exceeded anyone’s expectations.
Read the full statement from Acting Commissioner Kijakazi at https://blog.ssa.gov/ssa-is-dedicated-to-helping-the-people-we-serve/.
New Start Dates for Medicare Part B Coverage Coming in 2023
Let your clients know that changes are coming next year for when Medicare Part B coverage starts.
What is not changing:
If your client is eligible at age 65, their Initial Enrollment Period (IEP) will still:
- Begin three months before their 65th birthday.
- Include the month of their 65th birthday.
- End three months after their 65th birthday.
If your client is automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B, or if they sign up during the first three months of their IEP, their coverage will start the month they’re first eligible. If your client signs up the month that they turn 65, their coverage will start the first day of the following month. This won’t change with the new rule.
What is changing:
Starting January 1, 2023, your client’s Medicare Part B coverage starts the first day of the month after they sign up, if they sign up during the last three months of their IEP.
Before this change, if your client signed up during the last three months of their IEP, their Medicare Part B coverage started two to three months after they enrolled.
If your client doesn’t sign up for Medicare Part B during their IEP, they have another chance every year during the General Enrollment Period (GEP). The GEP lasts from January 1 through March 31. Starting January 1, 2023, their coverage starts the first day of the month after they sign up.
Your clients can learn more about these updates on our Medicare webpage at www.ssa.gov/medicare and our Medicare publication at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10043.pdf. Please share this important information with your clients.
Save the Date! Upcoming National Disability Forum on October 19, 2022
We will host the next virtual National Disability Forum (NDF) on Wednesday, October 19. The title is “Homelessness: Working with Stakeholders to Improve Access to SSA Benefits and Services Part II.” The event will take place via Microsoft Teams from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET.
For more information about the NDF, we encourage you and your clients to visit our What’s New page at www.ssa.gov/thirdparty/groups/whatsnew.html. You and your clients can email questions to OEA.Net.Post@ssa.gov.
National Savings Day Reminds Us to Plan for the Future
National Savings Day is October 12. The day serves as an important reminder for your clients to plan for their financial future.
Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan. We have online tools to help your clients understand their potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into their financial future.
Your clients should periodically review their Social Security Statement (Statement) using their personal my Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. The Statement is an easy-to-read summary of the estimated benefits your clients and their families could receive, including potential retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.
Our Plan for Retirement tool in your clients’ personal my Social Security account allows them to check various benefit estimate scenarios. Your clients can compare the effect different future earnings and retirement benefit start dates have on their future benefit amount.
Please let your clients know they can take steps to improve their financial knowledge by signing in to their personal my Social Security account. If they don’t have an account, they can easily create one at www.ssa.gov/myaccount.
How Your Clients Can Protect Loved Ones from Elder Abuse
Are your clients concerned about protecting their older relatives and friends from elder abuse? The pandemic highlighted the disproportionate impact of tragedy on underserved communities, including older adults. Unfortunately, older adults face high rates of elder abuse, fraud, and nursing homes deaths.
It’s important to remember that elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or financial status. We are committed to helping and preventing further victimization – especially in underserved communities.
A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that elder fraud has increased. Older adults in the United States reported more than $1.6 billion in losses in 2021. This includes victims of COVID-related scams. Older adults in the United States, also lose nearly 25 times more money to scammers than other groups – an estimated $113.7 billion a year!
Reporting fraud can be difficult and older adults tend to underreport – especially when money is lost. Many older Americans are unsure about the reporting process or feel too embarrassed to report. Understaffed Adult Protective Services offices can also cause long processing times and underreporting.
We work hard to protect beneficiaries from Social Security and government imposter scams. Your clients can learn more about protecting their loved ones at blog.ssa.gov/slam-the-scam-how-to-spot-government-imposters and our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams webpage at www.ssa.gov/scam.
Please share these important resources with your clients.
There’s Still Time! Claim Your 2021 Child Tax Credit
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the Child Tax Credit was increased and expanded for 2021. Most families are eligible to receive the credit for their children. For families with qualifying children who did not turn 18 before the start of this year, the 2021 Child Tax Credit is worth $3,000 to $3,600 per child, depending on their age.
If your clients haven’t filed taxes for their family to claim their full 2021 Child Tax Credit, there’s still time. Please have your clients visit our blog at https://blog.ssa.gov/theres-still-time-claim-your-2021-child-tax-credit/ for more information.