Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist April is Financial Literacy Month, a time focused on educating people about the importance of planning for a secure financial future.  Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan.  We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future.  You should periodically review … Continue reading Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you looking for new ways to save time?  Check out our online services available through your secure my Social Security account.  We have lots to offer you online whether you receive benefits from Social Security or not. If you do not currently receive benefits, you can: Request a replacement Social Security card. Review your earnings … Continue reading The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Since the onset of Alzheimer’s can occur in people before they retire, it may strike during an individual’s working years;  preventing gainful employment as the disease progresses.  As a result, people must come to grips with a devastating diagnosis while losing their salary and benefits.  … Continue reading Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Via Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist The Social Security Administration has a long history of outreach and coordination with advocates and community-based organizations across the nation.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to work with advocates and community-based organizations is essential to reaching the country’s most vulnerable populations, including individuals with low income, limited English proficiency, mental illness, or those facing homelessness.  The … Continue reading Outreach to Vulnerable Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems:

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for the services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. Just ask Mr. V. Mr. V knew he was eligible for … Continue reading A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems:

Apply for Retirement Benefits Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s never too early to start planning for retirement, and our online tools can make your planning easier.  Visit http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount to access your my Social Security account, get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record, and find out how your benefit amount increases depending on the age you start them.  Don’t … Continue reading Apply for Retirement Benefits Online with Social Security

I Want to Begin Receiving My Pension Benefit, Where do I Start? (Part 1)

A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for the services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. I Want to Begin Receiving My Pension Benefit, Where do I Start?  (Part 1) By Sandra Wisnewski, … Continue reading I Want to Begin Receiving My Pension Benefit, Where do I Start? (Part 1)

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Collapsing Union Pension Plans Win, Long-Sought Help From Rescue Package

Via patch.com By Laura Olson Tucked in the Democrats’ massive coronavirus stimulus package was a long-awaited solution for a financial ticking time bomb: private pension funds on the brink of collapse, jeopardizing the retirement plans of millions of union members. The $1.9 trillion pandemic relief measure included $86 billion that will be used for grants to help shore up the most troubled of those pension … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Collapsing Union Pension Plans Win, Long-Sought Help From Rescue Package

Apply for Medicare Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know that you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to retire?  Applying online can take less than 10 minutes.  There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Visit http://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare to begin.  There, you can … Continue reading Apply for Medicare Online with Social Security

Preparing Seniors for Surgery

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Deciding to have surgery is one of the most important decisions that we make in our lifetime. There are many decisions that we make before the day of surgery like finding a surgeon we feel comfortable with, finding the right facility to have the surgery as well as making sure our … Continue reading Preparing Seniors for Surgery