Extra Help with Medicare and Prescription Drug Costs

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Paying out of pocket for prescription drugs can be a burden that many households can’t afford. The Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program was designed to help people in getting the vital medicine they need to live healthy and productive lives. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with … Continue reading Extra Help with Medicare and Prescription Drug Costs

Disagree with Your Disability Decision?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection for millions of people. It is imperative that we continue to protect the integrity of the disability program for everyone by ensuring we make the correct decision on each claim. However, if you do not agree with our decision, you can … Continue reading Disagree with Your Disability Decision?

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Social Security Q&A Part 18

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income? Answer: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each year Social Security automatically … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 18

Wills vs. Trusts: Part 8 of 8

Previously posted in 2015. By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney In our previous posts, we discussed the different types of wills and trusts. There is one other estate planning document that we haven’t discussed that allows you to transfer real estate to your beneficiaries without probate. This document is called a “Lady Bird” deed. A “Lady Bird” deed transfers real estate after your death automatically … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts: Part 8 of 8

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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

Wills vs. Trusts: Part 7 of 8

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the seventh in a series regarding wills, trusts, and estate planning.  In our previous post, we discussed how a revocable grantor trust DOES NOT shelter assets, including one’s homestead, for Medicaid eligibility. In addition, the fact that a homestead has been held in the trust for longer than the 5 year look back period doesn’t make … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts: Part 7 of 8