Q: I pay my monthly premium directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider. Why can’t I also pay my income-related monthly adjustment amount directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider?
A: By law, we must deduct your income-related monthly adjustment amount from your Social Security payments.
If the amount you owe is more than the amount of your payment, or you don’t get monthly payments, you will get a separate bill from another federal agency, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the Railroad Retirement Board.
Read our publication, “Medicare Premiums: Rules for Higher-Income Beneficiaries,” for an idea of what you can expect to pay.
It’s available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
Q: Recently, I saw SSA’s YouTube channel while looking at funny cat videos. Why does Social Security produce cat videos?
A: It’s just one of many ways for us to connect to people where they already spend time. It’s important for us to let everyone know about all we do, and we’re especially interested in getting the word out about online services.
That’s why we look for creative ways to reach people, young and old. Our popular YouTube videos are not only a hit with viewers, but they let people know the best way to apply for benefits — online.
See the videos for yourself at www.socialsecurity.gov. Select the YouTube link at the bottom right side of the page.
The cat videos have already received more than one million views.
Send questions to Robert Fenn, Social Security Administration, Second Floor, Federal Building, 2 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308. Fax: 330-375-5616 or email: Robert.Fenn@ssa.gov.