Social Security Administration Sees Stars

Chubby Checker and Patty Duke promote new government programs.

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The SSA plans to release a new public service announcement reuniting the surviving members of The Patty Duke Show family in March or April. This spot will promote a new online application that will allow seniors who are still working to sign up for Medicare before claiming their Social Security benefits. In real life, Duke, 63, plans to wait two more years to claim her Social Security benefits. "You receive a fuller amount if you wait until 65," she says. Social Security payouts increase by 7 to 8 percent for each year of delay between ages 62 and 70. Checker, 68, however, has already claimed his Social Security and Medicare due. "You work all these years to get your money, you might as well get it," he says.