Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7

By Christine Steinmetz, JD, Hotline Attorney This post is Part 7 of our series on caregivers. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one. This blog post will discuss caregiving and finances. Many caregivers find it very rewarding to care for a loved one. However, caregivers often take … Continue reading Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7

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Social Security Q&A Part 14

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Is it true that ten thousand people are retiring each day? What is the best way for me to apply and avoid long lines in my Social Security office? Answer: Yes. The best way is to use our online retirement application at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. You can complete it in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 14

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Medicare Explained

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security and Medicare have a few things in common. Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for our family and friends. Although both programs are household names, many people may not be familiar with the details of Medicare. Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age … Continue reading Medicare Explained

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Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security touches the lives of every American. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 57.5 million, according to 2016 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, Hispanic Americans form 17.8 percent of the nation’s total population. Social Security provides retirement, disability, and other benefits to over 63 million American … Continue reading Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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You’ll Feel Like You’re on Vacation With How Easy This Is

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist August might be the last of the months that people think of when we say “summer vacation,” but it’s by no means the least. People are still taking trips and hosting family while enjoying America’s beaches and national parks. Social Security might not be on the top of your to-do list when you’re on vacation, but we’ve … Continue reading You’ll Feel Like You’re on Vacation With How Easy This Is

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

Via Ohio Valley Resource By Becca Shimmel Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act. Read the full article. Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project:) Delaying Social Security Benefits? Here’s How Long It Will Take for It to Pay Off

Via The Motley Fool By Christy Bieber You can claim Social Security benefits at the age of 62 — but should you? Many people — including experts from Stanford — argue for delaying as long as possible because benefits go up the longer you wait. And there are indeed plenty of good reasons to delay. Social Security provides a guaranteed source of income for life, so waiting … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project:) Delaying Social Security Benefits? Here’s How Long It Will Take for It to Pay Off