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Facts You Should Know About Enrolling In Medicare Part A & B

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program. Can I still get Medicare at 65? Yes, you’re eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no matter what year you were born. If you or your spouse worked … Continue reading Facts You Should Know About Enrolling In Medicare Part A & B

Helpful Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security is there with a lifeline to help you and your family. Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes and benefit through monthly retirement payments later in life. For others whose working years are cut short … Continue reading Helpful Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits

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5 More Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist What kind of questions do you and your friends ask about Social Security? When do my benefits arrive? What are Social Security work credits, and do they have anything to do with the way my benefits are figured? Will I be automatically enrolled in Medicare? Read on to find the answers to these questions. Social Security benefits … Continue reading 5 More Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

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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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Social Security Q&A Part 7

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I have been getting Social Security disability benefits for many years. I’m about to hit my full retirement age. What will happen to my disability benefits? Answer: When you reach “full retirement age” we will switch you from disability to retirement benefits. But you won’t even notice the change because your benefit amount will stay the … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 7

The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

State hones in on ‘underfunded’ pension and health care plans, including 7 in mid-Michigan

Via Lansing State Journal By Beth LeBlanc March 7, 2018 Seven Lansing-area public employee retirement plans have come under scrutiny from the state for their unfunded liabilities. The Michigan Department of Treasury contacted pension plan administrators last week to inform them that reports they submitted to the state in January had triggered a preliminary review of the policies’ “underfunded status.” Read the full article. Continue reading State hones in on ‘underfunded’ pension and health care plans, including 7 in mid-Michigan