How to get what’s yours from Medicare and Social Security

Journalist Philip Moeller, who writes widely on health and retirement, is here to provide the Medicare answers you need in “Ask Phil, the Medicare Maven.” Send your questions to Phil.

The Social Security Administration is heavily involved in Medicare. Among other things, the administration manages enrollments and late-enrollment fees in Parts A and B of Medicare, collects the payment of Part B and sometimes Part D Medicare premiums by taking them out of Social Security payments and oversees the collection of Medicare premium surcharges from higher-income beneficiaries.

I wasn’t fully aware of this last year when I co-authored “Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security” with economist and Ask Larry columnist Larry Kotlikoff and PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman. After fielding your Medicare questions for the past 18 months, even my low-wattage bulb began to flicker with growing recognition for how closely connected the two programs are.

So when Larry, Paul and I decided to write an updated edition of “Get What’s Yours,” it seemed only natural that we add a chapter on the most important things people need to know about how Medicare and Social Security benefits can be affected by these connections.

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Philip Moeller

Philip Moeller is a research fellow at the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College and co-author of “How to Live to 100.”

He wrote his latest book, “How to Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security,” with Making Sen$e’s Paul Solman and Larry Kotlikoff. He is now working on a companion book about Medicare.

Follow him on Twitter @PhilMoeller or e-mail him at

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