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The Advisor, May 2015

Protecting Social Security & Medicare

How Social Security Can Be Strengthened Without Cutting Benefits

A recent survey shows that benefit cuts aren’t supported by a large majority of survey participants, who would rather see a package of changes to strengthen Social Security that doesn’t cut benefits. "We hope that this survey can serve as an outline for a plan to strengthen Social Security without having to rely on benefit cuts,” says TSCL’s Executive Director Shannon Benton. “We encourage our readers to share the findings of this study with your Members of Congress,” Benton adds. Read more »

Two Major Ways Obama Immigration Action Could Impact Federal Benefit Programs

A U.S. federal judge has temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration program that defers deportation for almost 5 million illegal immigrants. TSCL is concerned that illegal immigrants who gain temporary work permits and Social Security numbers would become permanently eligible for Social Security and Medicare among other federal benefits. Read why this matters »


The Benefits You Deserve

Benefit Bulletin

Obama’s Medicare Proposals — What Obama Giveth, Obama Taketh Away

President Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget contains proposals that would cut Medicare spending by $423 billion over the next ten years. The cuts would come on top of $716 billion in Medicare reductions mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and billions more in automatic reductions contained in the 2011 deficit agreement. Read more »

Dear Patient, In Medicare’s Effort To Improve Quality, The Doctor Won’t See You Now

What does this new “pay for performance” mean for patients? Not much is known yet, but I got a first – hand experience of the new system recently. One of my doctors, a specialist, told me that due to a “quality initiative reorganization,” he wouldn’t be seeing me as a patient anymore. I’ll have to find a new doctor. The plan is to pay doctors on how they perform. Read more »

Public Opinion Can Sway Votes In Congress!

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Medicare beneficiaries with incomes of $85,000+ pay higher Part B and Part D premiums. To offset rising costs, should Congress make people with incomes of $65,000+ pay higher premiums? Answer the poll »


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Consensus In Congress For Social Security Disability Program Funding

In 2016, just one year from now, Social Security’s Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund will become insolvent. If Congress fails to act, 8.9 million disabled beneficiaries and 1.8 million of their spouses and children will see a 20 percent cut in monthly benefits. Read more »


"Real Relief for Many Seniors"

When it comes to the quality of everyday life for seniors, one of the most important variables is access to prescription drugs. Better access to quality, cheaper generic prescription drugs will provide real relief for many seniors and their families. With building bipartisan support, I’m very hopeful we can push this important reform through Congress. Read more »


Would Selling A Home Affect Our Social Security?

Q: My wife is 65 and I’m 66. Both of us have started Social Security. We have an opportunity to sell our home, and would realize about $180,000 gain. Would this affect what we receive in Social Security? How about taxes? Read the answer »


Social Security & Medicare Questions

Q: How do I enroll in Medicare if I’m not getting Social Security benefits? I turn 65, next month (June). I’m still working, but I don’t receive health benefits through my employer.  Read the answer »


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