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Social Security Q&A Part 25

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I was speaking with my sister and she told me that she receives half of her spouse’s benefit. Why am I not eligible for benefits from my spouse? Answer: If your spouse is eligible for Social Security benefits, you could be eligible for one-half of their benefit at your full retirement age. However, if you worked … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 25

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Important Information About Social Security Services

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits. Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments. This … Continue reading Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Important Information About Social Security Services

10 Things to Know About the Economic Impact Rebate Payments

Via CLASP by Ashley Burnside In late March, lawmakers passed a third coronavirus response package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that offers a first step in essential economic relief for millions of workers and people with low incomes. One component is the economic impact rebate payments. Despite wide news coverage about these payments, many have questions about who’s eligible and how to … Continue reading 10 Things to Know About the Economic Impact Rebate Payments

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Social Security Q&A Part 24

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I pay my monthly premium directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider. Why can’t I also pay my income-related monthly adjustment amount directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider? Answer: By law, we must deduct your income-related monthly adjustment amount from your Social Security payments. If the amount you owe is more than the … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 24

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): RMD Deferrals Aren’t Retroactive. We Answer Your Questions About the Cares Act.

Via Barron’s By Cheryl Winokur Munk The $2 trillion federal coronavirus-aid package includes a number of provisions to ease the financial burden retirees and savers face after the pandemic tanked U.S. financial markets and shuttered swaths of the economy. Aside from making it easier for workers to access 401(k) savings, the Cares Act suspends required minimum distributions for this year from company plans like a 401(k) … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): RMD Deferrals Aren’t Retroactive. We Answer Your Questions About the Cares Act.

Social Security Number for Children

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Getting your newborn a Social Security Number is important.  If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to secure a Social Security Number is when you give information for your child’s birth certificate.  If you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security office, you may encounter delays while we verify … Continue reading Social Security Number for Children

Retirement planning 101 with Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker.  If you’re among the people covered under Social Security, you need to know how much you might receive from us when you begin receiving benefits.  These monthly payments may be a vital part of your retirement income. We base your benefit payment on … Continue reading Retirement planning 101 with Social Security

Making your life easier at SocialSecurity.Gov

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We offer many online tools and services to save you time.  Here are five that can make your life easier: Open your own personal my Social Security account, which will enable you to request a replacement Social Security card, verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, and more at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount.  We’ve recently … Continue reading Making your life easier at SocialSecurity.Gov

Depression in Older Adults

By Brenda Jones, E-MDT Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Depression affects millions of adults 65 years and older, reports the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), but the National Institute on Aging (NIA) clarifies it is not a normal part of aging. Depression is more than just feeling sad, it affects how you think, sleep, eat, and work. As we age, important life changes occur, like … Continue reading Depression in Older Adults