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It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

Getting bills in the mail is never fun. But getting a collection notice you know isn’t yours is downright scary. I visited my parents’ house a few weeks ago and my mom pointed to an open envelope sitting on the counter addressed to me. “That’s a bad letter,” she said. Mail for me doesn’t usually… Continue Reading It’s not me: How it feels to have your identity abused

Most people believe that the future of Medicare and Social Security should be addressed in a separate debate – and not be part of any end-of-year deal addressing the nation’s budget deficit. In a survey after the 2012 election fielded by the AARP, 70 percent of Americans and 92 percent of older Americans said it… Continue Reading AARP: Don’t rush changes to Medicare, Social Security

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Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being denied benefits or frustrated at lengthy delays in processing claims. There were at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff over the past year – an 18 percent increase over… Continue Reading Social Security judges facing more violent threats

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Medicare and Social Security – the foundation of a secure retirement – are facing strains from an aging population and an economy that can’t seem to get out of low gear. And despite assertions to the contrary by the Obama administration, the new health care law doesn’t improve Medicare’s solvency by much. As the government… Continue Reading Prognosis guarded for Medicare and Social Security

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Social Security adds 38 compassionate allowances

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The Social Security Administration has added 38 more conditions to its list of compassionate allowances. Compassionate allowances are a way to identify medical conditions and diseases that qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits, which allows the agency to electronically target and make faster decisions for individuals with more severe disabilities. This is the… Continue Reading Social Security adds 38 compassionate allowances

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