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Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

By Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. According to the World Health Organization and the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 47 million people in the world with dementia and approximately 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. In addition, every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. Dementia effects mainly older adults; however, it can affect younger adults … Continue reading Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

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Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds

The Federal Trade Commission announced recently that victims who lost money to a scammer by sending money via Western Union between 1/1/2004 to 1/19/2017 have until February 12, 2018 to file a claim to get their money back. The FTC’s settlement with Western Union, which agreed to return $586 million to people to settle the FTC’s charges that Western Union hadn’t adequately protected people from fraud, and didn’t properly … Continue reading Western Union settlement: $586 million in refunds

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Social Security Q&A Part 2

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: My brother had an accident at work last year and is now receiving Social Security disability benefits. His wife and son also receive benefits. Before his accident, he helped support another daughter by a woman he never married. Is the second child entitled to benefits? Answer: The child may qualify for Social Security benefits even though your … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 2

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Social Security Q&A Part 1

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I have medical coverage through my employer. Do I have to take Medicare Part B? Answer: You are not required to take Medicare Part B if you are covered by a group healthcare plan based on either your employment or the employment of a spouse. When your coverage ends, you may contact the Social Security Administration to … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 1

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Social Security’s Gift to Its Children

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of religion or beliefs, focus on the children we love. And we at Social Security know a thing or two about helping children. Typically, the hospital will ask new mothers if they want to apply for a Social Security number for their newborn. This is the easiest and fastest … Continue reading Social Security’s Gift to Its Children

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Three in 10 local households have no retirement savings, records show

Via Bucks County Courier Times By James McGinnis Thousands of families in Bucks, Burlington and Montgomery counties have no pension, 401(k) or individual retirement accounts, federal data shows Tony Mallozzi just won’t die. And his longevity is getting expensive. “I’ve been retired for 20 years now,” said the 74-year-old from Sellersville. “I never expected to live this long.” Tony stopped working after a heart attack. … Continue reading Three in 10 local households have no retirement savings, records show

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Sears to sell 140 stores, close additional locations

Via Pennsylvania Real Time News By Candy Woodall A week after announcing 63 store closures that included seven in Pennsylvania, Sears Holding Corp. this week said it’s planning to sell up to 140 stores and close additional locations. The latest round of closures is part of a deal to fund pensions. Sears Holding will pay $407 million to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, using money raised from … Continue reading Sears to sell 140 stores, close additional locations