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The Advisor, November 2012
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

Seniors To Get One of Lowest COLAs Ever to be Paid

Food, energy, and healthcare costs are climbing, but starting in January Social Security recipients will get one of the lowest cost-of-living adjustement (COLA) ever paid – just 1.7% The low COLA comes close on the heels of none at all in 2010 and 2011, and a 3.6% COLA this year. Read more »

Could "Automatic" Medicare Cuts Affect You?

Senior voters just endured a tsunami of fact checks, competing truth squads and battling claims over the candidates' plans for Medicare. But post-election reality is setting in and lame duck lawmakers are returning to a number of thorny Medicare issues that require immediate and bipartisan cooperation. Read more »

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The Benefits You Deserve

Fraud Concerns Grow About Obama's Illegal Immigration Policy

Obama's new policy for illegal immigrants was recently announced and implemented without Congressional approval. Now questions are growing about the potential for widespread fraud – and with good reason, it seems. Read more »

Benefit Bulletin

More Experts Say Oldest Seniors Need Benefit Boost — TSCL Continues Push for Notch Reform

Amidst the debate over Social Security, a proposal that would benefit seniors over age 85 appears to be winning bipartisan support. Policy experts are now drawing attention to the risk of outliving one's own retirement resources, and the need to provide a benefit boost to ensure more adequate Social Security benefits. Read more »

Social Security & Medicare Questions

Q: I'm 64 and my estimated retirement benefit isn't very high. I was a stay-at-home mom. I later worked part-time in our family business, but I recently learned that the portion of income due to my work did not get properly credited under my Social Security number. It was instead credited under my ex-husband's number. Could I qualify for my ex-husband's benefit? Read the answer »

Public Opinion Can Sway Votes In Congress!
Should Congress Extend the 2% Payroll Tax Cut?

Seniors were divided when asked whether Congress should extend the current 2% payroll tax cut. A small majority, 47% said the payroll tax cut should NOT be extended, 41% said it should, and 12% were undecided. Read more »

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TSCL Spearheads Grassroots Town Hall and Petition Drive

Social Security and Medicare were at the forefront of this month's election, and with so much at stake, we set out to ensure that our members were engaged like never before. In August, we hosted our first ever town hall meeting to give our members and supporters an opportunity to get to know one of their Congressional candidates. Read more »

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Eight Ways to Lower Your Prescription Costs

Starting a new medication can sometimes take you by surprise when drug plans don't cover the drug or charge higher co-pays than you can afford. If you're having trouble covering the cost of your medicine, here are some things to try. Read more »

 
 
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Let's Not Cripple Medicare

I know seniors across this country and in my state of South Dakota have been hearing a lot of different things about Medicare lately. Above all the noise, our seniors and the rest of America deserve to know the truth about what's happening to this important program. Read more »

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Is The Social Security Totalization Agreement With Mexico Still Pending?

Has TSCL learned any new details about the Social Security Totalization agreement with Mexico? What happens to the agreement after the election?  How that will affect my costs over the next few years? Read the answer »

 
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