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The Advisor, February 2013
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

COLAs Overpay Seniors, Must Be Slashed! Deficit Cutters Say

Economists are saying that cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) overpay seniors and that recipients don't need so much money to maintain their standard of living. Cuts to annual cost–of–living adjustments (COLA) are a key provision of the deficit reduction plans on Capitol Hill, and TSCL is fighting the plans that would cut the benefits of more than 60 million beneficiaries. Read more »

Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age: How Much Would It Save?

Raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67 is a leading option under discussion to cut government spending on Medicare. With the Social Security retirement age rising to 67, proponents say that having a similar rule for Medicare is a sensible solution. Read more »

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The Benefits You Deserve

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposed

Discussions so far have focused on the contentious issue of whether to grant “a pathway to citizenship” for the estimated 11 million immigrants now in the United States illegally. The timing, as Congress also considers major deficit reduction proposals that would cut senior benefits and increase taxes, raises questions as to whether illegal immigrants would benefit at the expense of people who paid into the system legally. Read more »

Benefit Bulletin

Three Programs That Help With Medicare Costs

If you or a family member have limited income and have trouble paying Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket costs, Medicare Savings Programs may help. If you qualify, you may get help paying for your Medicare premiums and deductibles and coinsurance if your income and savings meet the limits. In addition, you automatically qualify for Extra Help paying the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. Read more »

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Your answers to this survey will help The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) educate Members of Congress, the media and the public about the views, experiences, and challenges facing seniors as they relate to Medicare and Social Security. Take the survey »

 

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  LEGISLATIVE UPDATES  
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Better Donut Hole Coverage — Higher Taxes Ahead

As the Affordable Care Act continues its scheduled implementation, many seniors will begin to see small changes in Medicare coverage and tax rates. A few modifications have already taken effect this year, including new federal subsidies that will lower the cost seniors pay for prescriptions filled in the "donut hole." Read more »

  CONGRESSIONAL CORNER  
CONGRESSIONAL CORNER

Lowering the Price of Prescription Drugs

Over the last several years, we've seen huge increases in the price of prescription drugs, and drug companies are finding loopholes in the system to keep their money rolling in at the expense of the consumer. Read more »

 
 
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TIPS FOR SENIORS

The Best Ways to Save in February

The three most important decisions to maximize Social Security, strategies are key to better managing healthcare costs in retirement, and tips for job hunting seniors. Read more »

  TSCL IN THE NEWS  
SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE QUESTION

Are Suppliers allowed to do this?

Q: I've received numerous automated phone calls offering "free" Medicare-covered items like back braces and diabetes supplies. I'm not 65, not eligible for Medicare yet and I'm on the national DO NOT CALL list. Read the answer »

 
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