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TSCL - The Voice for Seniors
The Advisor, June 2015

Protecting Social Security & Medicare

An Obamacare Repeal Would Increase Beneficiaries' Part D Costs

A total repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known to most as “Obamacare,” forms a key component of budget plans recently passed by the U.S. House and Senate. But so far there's been little discussion about the negative financial impact such a repeal would have on Medicare beneficiaries. The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is strongly opposing Medicare cuts that would have the biggest impact on people who use enough prescriptions to hit the annual Part D "doughnut hole" coverage gap. Read more »

Social Security's "Most Gruesome Fraud Management Failures"

It makes no sense for the Social Security Administration to have 6.5 million active Social Security numbers for individuals with an age older than 112, without investigating the status of the beneficiary. It may be the program's biggest failure in managing fraud that is cutting into the program's benefits. Read more »


The Benefits You Deserve

Benefit Bulletin

Odds Are Growing For Zero COLA In 2016

The plunge in gasoline prices, in recent months, sent the consumer price index (CPI) into a nose-dive. That deflation is expected to make a big dent in the Social Security income of 56 million people next year, according to new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) estimates prepared for TSCL. As inflation data continues to come in, early projections indicate that the COLA for 2016 is likely to be zero. What happens to the Social Security payment if there’s no COLA but Medicare Part B premiums increase? Read more »

Good News Or Bad? More Medicare Beneficiaries Qualifying For Medicaid

The number of Medicare beneficiaries who are also eligible for Medicaid has been growing rapidly in recent years. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a report saying enrollment climbed 24%, from 8.6 million to 10.7 million, between 2006 and 2013. Read more »

Activism in Retirement

Member Spotlight

For some people, retirement years are just as busy as work years. That's the case for 68-year old activist Mahal May. Read about this member's Activism in Retirement »


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TSCL Supports Bill To Kill The Medicare Cutting Board

Should Congress hand over accountability for decisions about Medicare cuts to an unelected board? That's what lawmakers did in 2010 when they passed the Affordable Care Act. The law included a controversial provision to create a Medicare cost-cutting board, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Find out how it works. Read more »


Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-4)

When it comes to the future of Social Security, we have a choice: we can tell our children and grandchildren that their Social Security benefits won’t be there for them because of a regressive tax that benefits the wealthy. Or, we can do what’s right to make sure America's seniors and disabled citizens don't fear living in poverty. Read more »


How Can I Budget For Healthcare Expenses When I Don’t Know What They Will Be?

Q: I was looking forward to saving some money on premiums when I started Medicare. I was surprised when my doctor discovered a new health problem and my out-of-pocket costs jumped instead. How can I budget for this in the future? I'm in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Read the answer »


Social Security & Medicare Questions

My prescription drug plan denied coverage on a medication to control a severe chronic health problem. Over the years I've tried other treatments but they are either ineffective, or had dangerous side effects. The plan dropped coverage for 2015, but I didn't learn about that until I tried to refill my prescription. Because I need the medicine, I've paid full retail cost. Is there anything I can do? Read the answer »


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