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Can Prisoners Receive Social Security?

In the 1970s and earlier, prisoners were able to receive Social Security benefits. However, nowadays, people convicted of a crime and doing time in prison in general can not receive Social Security benefits.

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Or to be more precise, benefits are suspended if someone is convicted of a criminal offense and sent to jail or prison for more than 30 continuous days. Notice that conviction is the key. Lots of people end up in jails while they are awaiting trial or pleas. But until there is a conviction with prison time involved, benefits will continue.

Are SSI and Social Security Disability Payments Exempt from Bankruptcy Claims?

If you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and file for bankruptcy, your checks are usually safe.

If your benefits come from SSI, which is a welfare program for the needy, they are always exempt from creditor claims.

However, SSDI payments technically qualify as "work" income, so they may be subject to bankruptcy claims.

Can I Sign Up for Medicare Before Taking Social Security?

YES.

You can sign up for Medicare even though you haven't yet signed up for Social Security. In fact, delaying Social Security retirement benefits may work to your advantage.

However, you do not want to delay signing up for Medicare benefits. But, if you fail to sign up for Medicare during your initial enrollment period, you'll face a 10 percent increase in your Part B premiums that could raise your healthcare costs for life.

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