I was a little amazed that I was supposed to get my situation resolved with the lady at Social Security before July 13th. I was told a letter had been sent advising me of this. I had not received it.
Guess what? It arrived today. Talk about peculiar timing. It was dated the 28th of June. I received it 11 days later. Tim brought the mail in and handed it to me just after I asnwered the phone call from Ms. Austin at the Social Security Office.
She was pretty irritated at all the information I'd left off of the application, and she began to ask a lot of questions. Was I married? Legally or Common law? How long. What was his SSN number? She said, more than once, "Your application has a lot of missing information. Who filled out this application?" At one point, she said, "You did not even provide your banking information."
There are so many scams going on out there. I was getting very nervous here. I told her that I'd filled out the application myself and that the questions she was asking me now were not asked on the application. She told me that the questions were right at the beginning of the application and that I could not have submitted the application without answering them. (Okay...but I submitted the application...) I also said that I didn't even understand why she needed my banking information.
She snapped, "To send you your checks."
Me: "what checks?"
"Oh. You're only applying for your medicare."
"Right. We're deferring benefits until we are 67."
"Well, Medicare is automatic."
I pointed out that it hadn't been automatic, that I'd been waiting since the end of March to get this approved. I made the mistake of asking why the paperwork kicked out.
She started getting pretty upset. "I'm only human'" she told me. There was a bunch of other stuff, none of it helpful. I quit asking questions.
"Listen, can we just move forward? I just want this application approved."
She told me that she was documenting that she had explained things in depth to me.
Short answer? I have no clue what happened. To be honest, I think they made a mistake, but I didn't want to listen to her 'explaining things' any longer. Her explanations did not explain at all why my application kicked out back in March.