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Early Food Assistance Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Michigan issuing March and April food assistance benefits early. MDHHS will be issuing food assistance benefits early in March and April. This is an effort to reduce the gap between benefits issuance, as February benefits were issued at the end of January due to the partial federal government shutdown. MDHHS has stated, “March benefits are scheduled to be issued on March 3, … Continue reading Early Food Assistance Benefits

How Social Security Decides If You Still Have a Qualifying Disability

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is required by law to review, from time to time, the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if a person’s health hasn’t improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive their benefits. These continuing … Continue reading How Social Security Decides If You Still Have a Qualifying Disability

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Understanding Social Security Survivors Benefits

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Unfortunately, tragedy can strike without any warning. The loss of the family wage earner can be devastating both emotionally and financially. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. Some of the Social Security taxes you pay go toward survivors benefits for workers and their families. The value of the survivors benefits … Continue reading Understanding Social Security Survivors Benefits

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflection

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, I became curious about the history of the making of this American holiday. I began to research and found various materials of interest regarding the background and creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This day, observed on the third Monday of January, celebrates the life … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflection

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

Via Forbes.com By Ashlea Ebeling The Treasury Department told off employers back in 2015: Lump-sum pension buyouts for retirees already in payout status are a no-no. In practice, employers stopped offering them, per Notice 2015-49, despite the fact that proposed and temporary rules never came out. Now, in a Trump-era twist, the Treasury Department has backtracked with Notice 2019-18, a retraction of intent to propose regulations on the topic: … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Trump Treasury Backtracks On Lump-Sum Pension Rules Meant To Protect Retirees

Social Security and Self-Employment

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you are not self-employed, Social Security taxes are typically taken out of your paycheck automatically. You and your employer each pay a 6.2 percent Social Security tax on up to $132,900 of your earnings and a 1.45 percent Medicare tax on all earnings in 2019. You don’t have to do anything extra for the coverage you … Continue reading Social Security and Self-Employment

Social Security Resources for Women

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support. Social Security plays an … Continue reading Social Security Resources for Women

Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help. Contact Social Security to: See if you’re eligible for Medicare; Create a my Social Security account to do things like request a replacement Medicare card and … Continue reading Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare