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Be the First to Know: Online COLA Notices

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We are constantly expanding our online services to give you freedom and control when doing business with us. Our new online cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices are another example of our commitment in this area. Soon, you’ll be the first to know your new benefit amount! Later this year, we will post the Social Security COLA notices online … Continue reading Be the First to Know: Online COLA Notices

Grandparents and Scams

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist  What do grandparents and the holidays have in common? The spirit of giving. Unfortunately, scammers exploit this trait and financially ruin lives. Stories to trick a person into giving money vary widely, from a supposed grandchild being in jail to scammers posing as the Internal Revenue Services or Social Security Administration.   A new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), research indicates that in 2018, people age 70 and over, sent … Continue reading Grandparents and Scams

Michigan Combined Application Project ( MiCAP) – Policy Change Effective 1/1/2019

By Darling Garcia, Director of Community Services The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved the Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP). MiCAP is a Food Assistance demonstration project which provides a series of waivers that allows Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to issue Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) individuals who qualify for this program. MiCAP is administered … Continue reading Michigan Combined Application Project ( MiCAP) – Policy Change Effective 1/1/2019

Understanding Spouse’s Benefits

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Marriage is a cultural institution that exists all over the world. Having a partner means sharing many things including a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your fun and vibrant golden years, here are a few things to remember. If a spouse accepts reduced … Continue reading Understanding Spouse’s Benefits

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Social Security Q&A Part 17

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I have diabetes and I have to take insulin. Is my insulin covered by Medicare? Answer: Medicare Part B does not cover insulin unless use of an insulin pump is medically necessary. However, certain Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may cover insulin and certain supplies used to inject insulin, like syringes. For more information, please … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 17

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Flu Season When You Are Age 65 or Over

Previously posted in November 2017. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the peak of flu season occurs between November and March. In consideration of the upcoming season, the first step to preventing the flu would be to get your flu shot. Other common preventative methods include practicing good health habits such as: regularly washing your hands (especially after coughing, sneezing, or touching things … Continue reading Flu Season When You Are Age 65 or Over

Five Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Thanksgiving

Via Center for Financial Health By Denise Keiser Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can blow your budget right out of the water.  From the additional food and beverage cost to table decorations, holiday gatherings often cause undue financial stress.  So how can you prevent financial stress this Thanksgiving?  First, the most expensive part of holiday gatherings is overspending – spending more money on the gathering than we plan to spend.  Start your holiday season … Continue reading Five Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Thanksgiving