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The Advisor, October 2012
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

Beware Of Utility–Bill Scam

Beware of a nationwide utiity bill payment scam.  Under the scam, a customer may be contacted in person, through fliers, social media or text messages.  Learn how to avoid falling for this scam. Read more »

Social Security & Medicare Solvency – Why It's Time For A Contingency Plan

If you're preparing for a long sea journey and about to set sail in stormy waters would you knowingly board a ship without adequate lifeboats or an emergency plan?  This is what the nation's retirees and Baby Boomers are getting ready to do, (albeit unwillingly). Read more »

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The Benefits You Deserve

As Food, Heating, Prescriptions Climb, Another Low COLA In 2013

Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are falling to anemic lows again in 2013.  Seniors and the disables will learn the 2013 increase on October 16, 2012, but TSCL expects the increase will be hardly enough to offest big expected spikes in food costs which are rising twice as fast. Read more »

Benefit Bulletin

Medicaid Changes Raising TSCL Concerns For Low-Income Seniors

An untested federal and state Medicare and Medicaid demonstration program is raising concerns that it affects too many low-income seniors, and is growing too fast.  Failing to provide quality services and access to medically necessary services could be possible implications of the demonstration. Read more »

Social Security & Medicare Questions

Q: My 66 year-old husband recently passed away before starting Social Security benefits.  I'm 63 and still working.  I originally planned to wait until age 66 to start benefits, but I need extra income.  Could you give me some ideas about when I should start? Read the answer »

Public Opinion Can Sway Votes In Congress!
New TSCL Poll: 77% Oppose Obama Immigration Policy

The Obama Administration recently opened the "illegals may apply" window at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Nearly 1.8 million illegal immigrants under the age of 21 could become eligible.  According to a recent TSCL poll, 77% said they do not agree with the new "deferred action" immigration policy. Read more »


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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

TSCL Calls For End To Payroll Tax Holiday

For the past two years, nearly 160 million Americans have enjoyed a two percent Social Security payroll tax holiday.  But the popular tax cut is set to expire on the first of January, and for four key reasons, TSCL is urging Congress to let the tax holiday to come to an end. Read more »

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One Of The Biggest Financial Mistakes You Can Make In Retirement

If you're like most Medicare beneficiaries, you rarely make changes to your health or drug plans, but this is one of the biggest financial mistakes you can make in retirement. Learn the things you need to know in order to save. Read more »

 
 
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Let's Agree: No Changes To Medicare For Today's Seniors

With heated rhetoric coming from both presidential parties about the future of Medicare and how to save it, my resolution is an attempt to find common ground – the first step toward protecting seniors and achieving any meaningful reform. Read more »

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Will Medicare Advantage Cuts Affect What I Pay?

I'm currently enrolled in a good Medicare Advantage plan and I worry about my benefits.  I read that the healthcare reform law cut payments to Medicare Advantage plans.  How that will affect my costs over the next few years? Read the answer »

 
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