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Options for receiving health services

Medicare beneficiaries may have choices for receiving health care services.

You can get more information about your health care options from the following publications:

  • Medicare & You (Publication No. CMS-10050) - This general guide is mailed to people after they enroll in Medicare and an updated version is mailed each year after that.

  • Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide To Health Insurance For People With Medicare (Publication No. CMS-02110) - This guide describes how other health insurance plans supplement Medicare and offers some shopping hints for people looking at those plans.

To get a copy of these publications, call the Medicare toll-free number, 1-800-MEDICARE(1-800-633-4227), or go to If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call TTY 1-877-486-2048.

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Common Mistakes About Social Security

A recent poll found about half of respondents made mistakes on the following :

1. Retirement benefits will not be reduced if I claim at age 65 => FALSE. Full retirement age is rising.

2. A spouse can receive Social Security even if they have no earnings history => TRUE

3. If my spouse dies, that will have no effect on my Social Security payment => FALSE

4. Social Security benefits depend only on my earnings history, not when I claim => FALSE

Seven Social Security Myths

1. Social Security will cover my income needs

2. It's better to take Social Security benefits early

3. I'll receive full benefits at 65

4. Once I start benefits, I can’t work anymore

5. I won't pay taxes on Social Security

6. Once I start Social Security, I have to continue receiving it

7. My divorce will reduce my benefits

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