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Product Details

  • Series: Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 16 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413313272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413313277
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"The inside scoop on how to get the most out of the current system..." (Accounting Today 2008-01-05)

"Guide[s] you through the maze of Social Security and Medicare in simple English..." (The Wall Street Journal 2008-05-08)

"Anyone who can write a readable guide to Medicare should get a medal.... Why can't the system be as straightforward as this book?" (Pasadena Star-News 2008-03-02)

"Offers clear explanations of what to expect from a remarkable safety net that has withstood the test of time..." (Contra Costa Times 2008-02-01) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Anyone who can write a readable guide to Medicare should get a medal.... Why can't the system be as straightforward as this book?" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971, and from 1975 to 1977 he taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. He has for many years been involved in matters relating to seniors, and is the author of Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions and Long Term Care: How to Plan & Play for It, as well as How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim.

Customer Reviews

I think most people do need this book or one very much like it.
Jim Curry
"The NOLO Guide to Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions" is highly recommended to those of us who expect to claim benefits, which would be most of us.
D.S.Thurlow
He has found this book very helpful in understanding the system.
Lisa

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on April 27, 2010
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In my line of work, I deal with Social Security, SSI and Medicare rules and regulations every day, so I could be considered a bit of an authority on the subjects. I've always been skeptical of publications that want to "sell" you information that you could otherwise get for free, and this is no exception - nearly all the information on government benefits contained in this book can be obtained free of charge from the source. That said, this is a well-organized and clearly-written book. It will probably appeal to those who would like most or all the information they need in one handy resource, or those who - rightly or otherwise - would rather trust a third party for information that the agencies who administer them. One thing to keep in mind, though - the author of this book is NOT the final authority on the subject. Nevertheless, he does a good job presenting the basic requirements and peculiarities of Social Security, Medicare and government pensions in a clear, "For-Dummies"-style manner. (It should come as no surprise that nearly half the book is devoted to the complexities of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.)

The book gets kudos for its introductory commentary on "saving Social Security" - it criticizes the recommendation made during the Bush administration to "privatize" the system by investing SSA trust funds in the stock market (an idea that all but died with the current recession); and it suggests removing the cap on maximum social security tax (which would not impact lower- and middle-income workers), thus keeping the system solvent for another 75 years.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 11, 2007
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I picked up the 9th edition when I got ready to retire and it saved me a lot of money and confusion and helped tremendously getting thru all the "red" tape. So a couple of years later as I get ready now to approach Medicare I need all the information I can get so I ordered the new 12 edition. Which included tons of updated information.. A recommend for anyone retiring and/or getting ready to go on Medicare
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By willardn7 on November 18, 2010
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This book introduced me to how to "claim and suspend" retirement benefits. A higher wager earner can claim benefits at full retirement age; the other spouse then claims dependents benefits (which are often higher than the spouse's benefits); and then the higher earning spouse suspends his/her claim. The result is more money in your pocket. This advice by itself made the book worth the price. Because the book is clearly written and contains a wealth of useful information, I recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
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Nolo does a great job with their books. This is no exception. It is the latest edition and helps you learn and prepare for what you need to do as you approach those golden years.

A word of caution...don't rely on just one book to prepare or learn what needs to be done. The Social Security Administration sends out some useful info when they mail you those earnings statements. That's a start. Also go to their webpage for more useful resources. [...]
And check other books as well.

This book does a great job at giving you clear insights, suggestions and helps you lay out a plan of action. Applying for Medicare before you turn 65 is a key suggestion, even if you are still working and under your employer's insurance. Those tips can save you a lot down the road.

I found this book to be filled with easy-to-understand tips, insights and suggestions for anyone to be able to create of plan of action.

Again, don't rely on just one publication or book. Check out others. But this is a great resource to have in your library. And make sure you get the updated versions the closer you get to retirement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2010
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If you've ever tried to get information on Social Security, Medicare or Government Pensions from one of the government's websites or from a government publication, you're going to really appreciate using this book as an alternative. Everything is laid out in an easy to understand manner, in common everyday language and the nice thing is that it not only tells you about the laws concerning these programs but it gives advice on such things as when is the best time to retire for your situation. It is well organized so it's easy to find the information that you need quickly. It is actually interesting to read, not a dry publication like some of the government pamphlets I've read. There are so many things that I didn't know before reading this book. The laws regarding Social Security and Medicare aren't as daunting as I once thought they were.

Of course laws change, so they provide online updates and resources such as legal forms, and updates. But this book will give you all the basics so you have a clear understanding and can create your own plan of action for the future. After reading this guide I wouldn't hesitate to buy other Nolo guides as needed. If you do an Amazon search for "Nolo guides" you can see the large number of different subjects they cover.
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