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We reduce your spouse’s or surviving spouse’s benefits if you also get a retirement or disability pension based on your federal, state, or local government work not covered by Social Security. A provision in the law reduces your Social Security benefit by two-thirds of the amount of the government pension. This sometimes reduces a spouse’s benefits to zero. If your spouse’s or surviving spouse’s benefits are not enough to cover the entire Medicare Part B premium, we will use your benefits to offset the cost of the premium. After all credits are applied, we will bill you for the remaining balance once a year. If your Social Security benefit is reduced to zero, you will receive a bill from Medicare quarterly.

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