Archive | April, 2011

Online Benefit Estimator Tells You Advantage of Disability Benefits Over Early Retirement

If you are over age 62, you can get an estimate of eligibility for your Social Security benefits online. Social Security recently announced that it will no longer be mailing benefit estimates annually. This straightforward site asks for some personal identification, your last year’s income, and then issues a form with your retirement benefit. This […]

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Social Security Reliably Provides Income to Disabled

Professor of Law Merton Bernstein writes today: “Social Security has proven to be the one program we can rely on to provide income when other income sources dry up because of job loss, age, disability or death. Most people probably didn’t know or notice, but Social Security was the first program to deliver cash benefits […]

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SSA’s Return to Work Programs Challenged by Economy

Social Security has long had programs to help ease disabled people on its benefits rolls back toard employment. How is it faring in today’s challenging economy and job market? Today’s New York Times explores the topic in this well researched article: “Programs intended to steer people with more moderate disabilities back into jobs have managed […]

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COLA for 1012 Will Be Consumed by Medicare Increases

There hasn’t been a cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for Social Security recipients since 2009. The government is projecting a small COLA for 2012, but a spike in Medicare premiums that are withheld by the Social Security Administration is expected to erase the 1.2 percent increase. The Medicare rate hike would affect about 45 million Americans […]

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