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The Advisor, January 2013
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

Will 2013 Be a Year of Crisis?

Economic forecasts for 2013 warn of a financial crisis ahead. Nobody is feeling it more acutely than seniors living on fixed incomes. Retirees and disabled adults won't see much of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in benefits this year. At 1.7%, the 2013 (COLA) is one of the lowest ever paid, not counting 2010 and 2011 when no COLA was payable at all. Timing couldn't be worse. Read more »

No Wonder Drug For Ailing Medicare Finances
By Mary Johnson

Will 2013 be the year that Congress tells us to hold our nose and take our medicine? Because healthcare costs remain the primary driver of future government deficits. Medicare remains a target of deficit plans. Read more »

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The Benefits You Deserve

Should Social Security Continue to Pay Benefits Based On Illegal Work?

There's been little debate over changing a provision of Social Security law that allows for payment of benefits to non-citizens based on earnings from illegal work. Should this be changed to protect Social Security? Read more »

Benefit Bulletin

Can You Be Held Responsible For Parent's Nursing Home Tab?

Although much of the recent debate is focused on Medicare, seniors and their adult children have almost as much at stake in the future of Medicaid. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that is the primary payer of long-term care services, needed by seniors, and disabled adults, to live independently in their own homes, and for institutional care like nursing homes. Read more »


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  LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

The 113th Congress: A New Opportunity for TSCL

The 113th Congress has officially begun and TSCL is gearing up for a busy year and expecting many new successes and challenges to arise. With the election finally behind them, lawmakers are able to focus on some of the complex policy issues that sit high on their agendas, like deficit reduction, immigration reform, and comprehensive tax reform. Read more »

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CONGRESSIONAL CORNER

Preserving The Safety Net For Our Seniors by Representative Tim Murphy, Ph.D. (PA-18)

Senior citizens are being forced to choose between basic necessities like food and prescription drugs. With rising healthcare costs consuming more of each senior's modest income, Social Security's 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in 2013 won't make a significant dent in everyday expenses. Read more »

 
 
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Money-saving and Health Tips

Start the new year right with these money-saving and health tips for seniors. Read more »

  TSCL IN THE NEWS  
SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE QUESTION

Do we need to sign up for Medicare?

Q: I turn 66 this year and my wife is 65. Neither one of us has started Social Security. We receive health insurance through my employer. Do we need to sign up for Medicare yet? Read the answer »

 
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