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Achieving Your Financial Goals: Part 1

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better way to succeed than by setting SMART money goals. SMART is an acronym that is used in many goal-setting scenarios but is commonly associated with Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept. By applying the SMART concept to your money goals, you will be well … Continue reading Achieving Your Financial Goals: Part 1

Federal Trade Commission Scam Warning

Via Administration for Community Living (ACL) The Federal Trade Commission is getting reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to get your Social Security number and even your money. In one version of the scam, the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs … Continue reading Federal Trade Commission Scam Warning

Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099)

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Tax season is approaching, and Social Security has made replacing your annual Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, even easier. Now you can get a copy of your 1099 anytime and anywhere you want using our online services. A Social Security 1099 is a tax form Social Security mails each year in January … Continue reading Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099)

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): How to Find an Old 401(k) Account

Via U.S. News By Emily Brandon DURING THE FRENZY OF leaving behind an old job and getting acclimated to a new position, rolling over your 401(k) plan isn’t always your first priority. Some people even lose track of a 401(k) plan at a former employer. Here’s what to do if you’re trying to find funds held in a previous employer’s 401(k) plan. Read the full article. Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): How to Find an Old 401(k) Account

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February 2, 2019 – Groundhog Day: A History

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator On February 2, 2019, we will wake up and anxiously await the big news. Is the groundhog going to see his shadow? Will spring come six weeks early, or will there be six more weeks of winter? Some of us are pessimistic about a groundhog forecasting the future of our weather, and others are trusting and optimistic.  A Live Science article reports, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day in the United States in the 1800’s. A groundhog has been forecasting the weather on Groundhog Day for more … Continue reading February 2, 2019 – Groundhog Day: A History

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Social Security and Black History Month

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools for people of countless backgrounds and ethnicities that … Continue reading Social Security and Black History Month

Extra Help with Medicare and Prescription Drug Costs

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Paying out of pocket for prescription drugs can be a burden that many households can’t afford. The Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program was designed to help people in getting the vital medicine they need to live healthy and productive lives. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with … Continue reading Extra Help with Medicare and Prescription Drug Costs