Your Social Security, giving thanks and spending quality time

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In November, millions of families gather together to give thanks, share a meal, and spend time together. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get together, so you want to make every second with the ones you love count. Social Security understands that your time is valuable whether you’re working, running your business, or taking time … Continue reading Your Social Security, giving thanks and spending quality time

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Social Security and Medicare, Working Side by Side

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and certain younger people with disabilities. It is also for people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) helps pay for … Continue reading Social Security and Medicare, Working Side by Side

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

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

Via Detroit Free Press By Susan Tompor Randy Sigley, 63, who grew up in West Virginia, remembers that jobs were hard to come by in the mid-1970s so he headed to Ohio to work in a factory making concrete pipe. He got that job about a year out of high school and made sure to hold onto it at least 10 years because he always heard that he’d … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Worried about a missing pension or 401(k)? Here’s where you can get help

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension

Via Midland Daily News By John Kennett An underfunded pension plan has forced the City of Midland to take corrective action with the state. The City of Midland has three defined-benefit retirement plans. Two of those, the Retiree Health Care and Public Act 345, Fire Fighters and Police Officers Retirement Act, are in good shape according to state officials. But, the third, the Municipal Employees’ … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): State to monitor underfunded Midland pension

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Social Security Q&A Part 16

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business? Answer: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don’t give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 16

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Seasonal Work Can Empower You

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Soon after school begins in the fall, many businesses begin advertising for seasonal workers. It’s a good way for people to make some extra income during the busy holiday season or ease back into working. The diversity of jobs appeals to many people. Each year, companies also hire for seasonal work-from-home positions. These jobs include: customer service, … Continue reading Seasonal Work Can Empower You