Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries … Continue reading Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

Understanding Social Security Survivors Benefits

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits.  These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. The amount of benefits your survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings. The higher your … Continue reading Understanding Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security can help with your Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS)

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits and want to start working or return to work, we can help.  A Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) is a rule under SSI to help people with disabilities return to work.  If you receive SSI or could qualify for SSI after … Continue reading Social Security can help with your Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS)

New Benefit Verification Letters

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We are excited to announce the release of a new, standardized Benefit Verification letter. People receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can obtain their letter by using their personal my Social Security account.  You can use the letter as proof of income for loans, housing assistance, mortgage, and other verification purposes. Please create your personal my … Continue reading New Benefit Verification Letters

MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. E

By Betsy Smith, Network Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). MiCAFE also helps older adults and those who are struggling to … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Ms. E

COVID-19 and Older Adults

By Michelle Jackson, Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan COVID-19 started in our country in 2019. The past six months have been an incredibly challenging time for all Americans, especially older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions. I have the privilege of working at Elder Law of Michigan and speaking to many older adults in Michigan. Most people feel that one must take … Continue reading COVID-19 and Older Adults

Access Social Security From Just About Anywhere

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You can access our programs and services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  It’s easy to sign up for one, and it will give you access to important information you can’t find anywhere else. With your personal my Social Security account, you can: Use our Retirement Calculator to compare … Continue reading Access Social Security From Just About Anywhere

Celebrate – Fall is Here

By Brenda Jones E-MDT Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you celebrate the first day of Fall? Autumnal (Fall) Equinox is the astronomical start of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, occurring on September 22nd or 23rd depending on your time zone. Time And Date AS states, “Due to the differences between the calendar year (365 days), and the … Continue reading Celebrate – Fall is Here

Learn Online With Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With more people learning online, we would like to highlight some of the digital resources we have for educators.  Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits.  This could be a way to relate our many programs to a new audience.  Showing young people that our programs help wounded warriors and … Continue reading Learn Online With Social Security

When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We’re often asked, “What’s the best age to start receiving retirement benefits?”  The answer is:  there’s not a single “best age” for everyone.  The most important thing is to make an informed decision.  Base your decision about when to apply for benefits on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start … Continue reading When Should You Start Receiving Social Security Benefits?