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Social Security Q&A Part 8

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How can I become a representative payee? Answer: If you know someone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who needs assistance managing their payments, contact your local Social Security office about becoming their representative payee. Go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/payee for more information. Question: If I retire at age 62, will I be eligible … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 8

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Trouble in candy land: How Peeps, pensions and a lawsuit threaten to upend the American retirement system

Via The Washington Post By Damian Paletta, Andrew Braford On April 1, hundreds of millions of marshmallow chicks and bunnies called Peeps will peer out from Easter baskets at American children. They are a pastel symbol of Easter joy, but behind the wax-eyed candy is a company at war with its union workforce over rising pension costs — an escalating legal tangle that could soon upend … Continue reading Trouble in candy land: How Peeps, pensions and a lawsuit threaten to upend the American retirement system

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Congress looking at pension issue

Via Cantonrep.com By Edd Pritchard, GateHouse Media Ohio AKRON U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hopes Congress will resolve the crisis involving multiemployer pension plans before the year ends. On Thursday morning, Brown and Mike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions, reviewed Congressional efforts to resolve pension problems during a meeting at United Steelworkers Local 2 offices. More than 100 retirees representing a half-dozen … Continue reading Congress looking at pension issue

Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving. In this post, I will discuss issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems for an older driver, and the resources that are available … Continue reading Caregiver’s Guide to Driving Issues

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Connecting With Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Every day thousands use it to do business with Social Security. We strive to offer the kind of services that meet people’s needs. You can call us toll free at 1-800-772-1213. Social Security offers some automated services that allow people to receive service without waiting to speak to a representative. The automated services are available 24 hours … Continue reading Connecting With Social Security

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Five Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Most people know at least something about Social Security. For decades, Social Security has been providing valuable information and tools to help you build financial security. Here’s your opportunity to find out a little more, with some lesser-known facts about Social Security. Social Security pays benefits to children. Social Security pays benefits to unmarried children whose parents … Continue reading Five Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator In April 2018, new Medicare cards will be sent out and the new card will include a new Medicare Number. The mailing for these new cards will be staggered throughout the year and it is expected to end by April 2019. Here are 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card: Medicare will mail you a new card, and this change … Continue reading 8 Things to Know about Your New Medicare Card