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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

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Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

Via Michigan Department of Health and Human Services The Michigan Department of Health and Humans Services (MDHHS) plans to issue Food Assistance Program benefits early for February. For food assistance clients, Michigan will begin issuing February benefits on Saturday, Jan. 19. Clients who don’t receive their benefits on that date should receive the funds the following week. That means the 1.2 million Michigan residents who … Continue reading Michigan Prepares for Early Issuance of February Food Assistance

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Family Law: Military Divorce Retirement, Pension Rules Change

Via The National Law Review By Jaliz Maldonado In the year 2017, the National Defense Authorization Act underwent a revision concerning the way in which pension of military personnel is divided in the case of a divorce between the spouses. While previously, it was thought to be the decision of the State under the USFSPA enacted in 1982, now Congress has come up with a single, … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Family Law: Military Divorce Retirement, Pension Rules Change

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Caring for Children

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of our beliefs, focus on the children we love. Children are our future — we share our knowledge and talent with them — we pass on our values to them knowing they will share those gifts. Social Security safeguards children all year long, but we’d like to take this … Continue reading Caring for Children

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Beware of Scammers Pretending to be from Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. During the holiday season, Social Security has traditionally seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security … Continue reading Beware of Scammers Pretending to be from Social Security

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