Archive | September, 2006

Taking Our Medicine

From today’s Fort Worth Star Telegram: In a few short weeks — conveniently after Election Day — the federal government will be mailing an unwelcome message to affluent retirees: You’ll pay more for Medicare because you earn more. That rip you see in the retirement safety net is called means-testing. Expect that hole to get […]

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Mandatory HIV Testing, Legal Concerns

From Ann Hilton Fisher, Executive Director, AIDS Legal Council of Chicago… She responds to a request from the Chicago Tribune for comment. “I am delighted to hear that the Tribune editorial board is looking at the new CDC guidelines for HIV testing and counseling. As I told you, we at the AIDS Legal Council know […]

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Don’t Delay Learning About VA Benefit Eligibility

This article from the San Diego Union describes many of the VA programs covering disability. Often there is overlapping eligibility for Social Security Disability payments, claimants can apply for both. “The trick is not to wait for a crisis. If your mom or dad is a veteran, I suggest you phone member services at the […]

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Appointees Signal Persistance of “Reform” Agenda

On September 19, the President announced his intention to designate Sylvester J. Schieber to be Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB). The President also intends to nominate Mark J. Warshawsky and Dana K. Bilyeu. Is there a common thread with these three individuals and with the nomination of Michael Astrue to be the […]

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Dramatic Proposals for Allowing Beneficiaries to Work

Bruce Borden had it all at 36. A self-made man of means and influence, he was a prosperous entrepreneur, an insulation contractor and landlord, on track to an early retirement. Bruce Borden wants Social Security reformed so that people with disabilities can earn more but keep benefits by paying into the system. Then he became […]

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Proof that Privatization Won’t Work?

From today’s Los Angeles Times: Social Security privatization is not just unlikely to succeed, for various reasons that are subject to discussion. It is mathematically certain to fail. Discussion is pointless. The usual case against privatization is that (1) millions of inexperienced investors may end up worse off, and (2) stocks don’t necessarily do better […]

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The New Yorker Magazine Talks About Pension Reform

America’s private pension system is now in crisis. Over the past few years, American taxpayers have been put at risk of assuming tens of billions of dollars of pension liabilities from once profitable companies. Hundreds of thousands of retired steelworkers and airline employees have seen health-care benefits that were promised to them by their employers […]

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Online Services Available for Many Social Security Tasks

Whether you receive Social Security retirement, disability or survivor benefits, free and secure online services are available at the Social Security Web site, www.socialsecurity.gov, for your use. Included are ways for you to request a letter verifying your benefit amount, to replace a lost Medicare care, and even to change your address or telephone number […]

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Complications may work in your favor

From the Trenton Times: In applying for benefits, complications can work to your advantage. One of the questions on a Social Security retirement claim asks if you have recently been unable to work because of a disability. The government isn’t just trying to be nice by finding out how you’ve been feeling lately. That is […]

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