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First Day of Fall: Saturday, September 22, 2018

By Rachael Savoie, Human Resources For me, fall to me is the most wonderful time of the year. I love everything about fall, from the trees changing beautiful colors, to the holidays we celebrate like Halloween and Thanksgiving. One thing I can’t wait to do is take my family to the local cider mill. We love getting warm homemade doughnuts and cider; and picking out … Continue reading First Day of Fall: Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Social Security Q&A Part 13

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How do I know if I’ve worked long enough to get Social Security disability benefits? Answer: To get Social Security disability benefits, you must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. And you must have worked long enough — and recently enough — under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. The amount … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 13

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Don’t Be Misled By False Medicare or Social Security Ads

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Online and otherwise, there’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it’s difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information. The law that addresses misleading Social Security and Medicare advertising prohibits people or non-government businesses from using words … Continue reading Don’t Be Misled By False Medicare or Social Security Ads

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Changes in Omitting Beneficiaries from a Will

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Kathryn Petersen, Legal Hotline Intern    Effective August 8, 2018, Michigan Legislature amended a portion of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) to clarify a child’s right to the exempt property allowance.    The exempt property allowance is an additional benefit of a decedent’s estate that is available to the surviving spouse or to the decedent’s children and can include any household items, … Continue reading Changes in Omitting Beneficiaries from a Will

Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator  Did you know September 9th is National Grandparents’ Day? Everyone should learn about this special day so we can honor and celebrate our grandparents.    President Jimmy Carter signed the bill for Grandparents’ Day in 1978. It was first introduced by Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who became the founder of National Grandparents’ Day. Marian made it her goal to educate youth about significant contributions that seniors have … Continue reading Grandparents’ Day: Sunday, September 9, 2018

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Social Security Q&A Part 12

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive? Answer: If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you benefits based on your record first. If your benefit as a spouse is higher than your retirement benefit, you will receive a combination … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 12

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Everyone Needs a Will

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist  Recently we learned that celebrity icon, Aretha Franklin, died with no will or trust in place to instruct the disposition of her wealth, which has an estimated value of over 80 million dollars. So this brings a question to light – at what level of wealth do you need a will?  No matter how much – or how little – money or assets you … Continue reading Everyone Needs a Will