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Benefits (Paperback)
Joseph Matthews Attorney (Author), Dorothy Matthews Berman (Author)

Customer review from the Amazon VineΠProgram (What's this?) 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. It also offers good explanations on such topics as the so-called "notch babies" (the controversial changes that affected workers born between 1917 and 1921), and figuring out "break even points" when deciding at what point it is most advantageous to collect benefits. The author, who is an attorney, also deserves credit for an objective section on appeals and legal representation - he does not give the reader the impression that an attorney is essential at every step in the claims or appeals process, contrary to what many "social security attorneys" lead the public to believe. The book isn't without flaws, however. First, it needs to cut or minimize a lot of the discussion of rules that are all but obsolete now, such as rules regarding earnings before 1951 - hardly anyone filing for benefits these days has worked that long ago. There are occasional factual and numerical errors, some of which may have slipped by the updated editing of the book. (For instance, it says that surviving spouses can get full benefits unreduced for age at age 65; the qualifying age is now 66. Also, the book says the SSI limit for countable resources is $5000, when in fact it is $2000 for individuals or $3000 for couples.) Overall, this is a handy reference and general guide to entitlement programs, but it's certainly not the "be-all and end-all". One should always check with the administrating agency (SSA, Medicare, OPM) for the final word on the rules governing entitlement to benefits.

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The Social Security Benefits Handbook [Bargain Price][Paperback] Stanley Tomkiel III (Author) The most helpful favorable review The most helpful critical review 36 of 40 people found the following review helpful: 4. and it analyzes nine different specific potential "fatal mistakes" for you to avoid. I hope that mine are as well-written and useful to readers as this information-packed 90-page guidebook. The major drawback is that the tables of values for benefits and earnings limits stop at the year 2002. Cobb ¾ See more 5 star. The edition I received in January.0 out of 5 stars Try Common Cents Very helpful if you are looking for a simple guide to benefits. books recommended by socialsecurity.things I would want him to know?" This "Consumer Guide" defines terms in understandable language. it warns about potential pitfalls in the claims process. I urge anyone who is facing disability. . MS. either personally or for a loved one or friend. and to read it as soon as possible. it explains which medical conditions (such as arthritis. it walks you through the disability determination process. all available in userfriendly format at the official SSA website. to obtain this extremely practical "cookbook"-style guide to navigating your way through the confusing maze of disability claims. it busts myths about Social Security Disability.) and other factors are relevant in determining whether a person qualifies for disability benefits. Published on November 19. epilepsy. I am a business disputes lawyer. before making any "fatal mistakes. 4 star reviews 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful: 1. etc. 1999 by Stephen B.org might be more informative. but if you want more commentary on issues. 2003 is the third edition dated May. and I regularly write and publish articles on various legally-related topics." By the way.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Social Security Benefits Handbook I found this book not to be a good investment. psychological diseases. It is an extraction of certain SSA publications.

The major drawback is that the tables of values for benefits and earnings limits stop at the year 2002. While the content is.. November 19. PA USA) . 1 star reviews ½ Previous | 1 2 | Next ¾ 36 of 40 people found the following review helpful: 4.org might be more informative.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Social Security Benefits Handbook. Read the full review ¾ Published on January 9. January 9. New Hampshire. but if you want more commentary on issues. Cobb "Shameless Reductionist" (Nashua.See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Social Security Benefits Handbook (Social Security Benefits Handbook.0 out of 5 stars Try Common Cents. 2nd ed) (Paperback) Very helpful if you are looking for a simple guide to benefits. 2003 by Neil ¾ See more 3 star. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? YesNo Report abuse|Permalink Comment Comment Most Helpful First | Newest First 14 of 14 people found the following review helpful: 1. 1999 By Stephen B. 2 star. 2003 By Neil (Meadville.2002..See all my reviews This review is from: Social Security Benefits Handbook. 2003 is the third edition dated May. USA) . Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? YesNo Report abuse|Permalink Comment Comment 19 of 21 people found the following review helpful: . all available in user-friendly format at the official SSA website. it is not helpful for referencing 2003 numbers and beyond. books recommended by socialsecurity. 2002. The edition I received in January. While the content is current to 2002 and the SSA regulations may not have changed substantially. 3rd Edition (Paperback) I found this book not to be a good investment. It is an extraction of certain SSA publications.

Veeneman (Southern California) . 2nd ed) (Paperback) Tomkiel has written a good reference for non-lawyers on the basics of Social Security law and how it is administered.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference on Basic Law and Procedures.5. so if you are looking for something light and breezy. it may be a bit much.See all my reviews (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Social Security Benefits Handbook (Social Security Benefits Handbook. . who is eligible for them. December 19. But if you want to know what benefits are available. It goes into some detail. and how they are calculated. 2000 By David C. this book will fill the bill nicely.

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