Social Security Q&A Part 33

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: My grandfather, who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will be coming to live with me. Does he have to report the move to Social Security? Answer: Yes. An SSI beneficiary must report any change in living arrangements before the 10th day of the following month. If you do not report the change, your grandfather … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 33

You can apply for Medicare online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits.  Applying online is quick and easy.  There are no forms to sign, and we usually do not require additional documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Knowing when to apply for Medicare is … Continue reading You can apply for Medicare online

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

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of 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 problems.  Just ask Mr. M. Mr. M received a retirement packet … Continue reading A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

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Tech Tips: How to use Google Calendar

By Liseia Parisian, Network Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you know that there is a free tool that you can use to help you keep track of upcoming events? This tool is called Google Calendar, and it is a free application that you can use on your phone if you have a Gmail account.  Google Calendar is a great tool because … Continue reading Tech Tips: How to use Google Calendar

Three Social Security online musts

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s never been easier to do business with us online.  Often there is no need to call or visit an office.  Here are three webpages that can make your life easier: Create Your Personal my Social Security Account. Did you know you already have access to much of your Social Security information?  All you need to … Continue reading Three Social Security online musts

Social Security online learning tools

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With many schools starting in September, our online resources for educators are great for teaching people about Social Security!  Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits.  Our educator’s toolkit is a great way to introduce our many programs to a new audience and show them that our programs help people … Continue reading Social Security online learning tools

Access your earnings history with “my Social Security”

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It may have been years or even decades since you thought about how much you earned at your first job.  Did you know that you can find out how much you made that first year?  Or any year you worked? Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your future Social Security benefits.  We … Continue reading Access your earnings history with “my Social Security”

Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With the right anti-fraud information, you can help protect those you love.  Here are the five most important resources about Social Security scams that you should know about: Find out how to spot fake calls and emails and what to do if you get one on our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams page at ssa.gov/scam. … Continue reading Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

“True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.

Via Money Watch By Judith Graham Nationally, and for every state and county in the U.S., the Elder Index uses various public databases to calculate the cost of health care, housing, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses for seniors. It represents a bare-bones budget, adjusted for whether older adults live alone or as part of a couple; whether they’re in poor, good, or excellent health; and … Continue reading “True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.