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TSCL - The Voice for Seniors
The Advisor, December 2015
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

What’s Your 2016 Social Security Check Missing? About $153

The Social Security Administration recently announced that there would be no Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for next year. The news is causing big worries for more than 70 million Social Security retirees and recipients of COLA adjusted benefits. Read more »

Medicare Costs Are Rising — Here’s Where You Are Most At Risk

Healthcare costs are taking some of the steepest jumps in years. Here are three of the biggest problem areas: drug plan premiums, excessive drug cost increases, and unexpected charges from out-of-network providers. Read more »

How Can Congress Boost Benefits If Social Security Is Running Out

How can Congress give people higher Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) and a benefit boost, if the program is running out of money? TSCL's Mary Johnson answers this question that so many are asking. Read more »

TSCL - In The News

Issues important to you - Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Cost-of-living Adjustments - are making the news and TSCL is helping to make sure the media gets it right. In interview after interview, our team members are setting the record straight when it comes to these critical issues making headlines. Read some of the latest news articles »

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The Benefits You Deserve

Benefit Bulletin

Why A Border Wall Won’t Fix Future Social Security’s Immigration Problems

Even if Congress were to agree on an immigration plan, walls and deportation alone would not solve Social Security’s immigration problem. Read more »

Best Ways To Save & Other Helpful Tips

5 Do-it-yourself Holiday Gift Ideas For A Social Security Budget

Living on a Social Security budget can make gift-giving tough. Get five thoughtful ideas for do-it-yourself gifts that will make the season merrier for all. Read more »

Public Input Can Sway Votes In Congress!

Personal views from seniors across the country

We asked members like you to share your personal stories of what a 0% cost of living adjustment was going to mean to you. View the responses and share your own »

 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Budget Deal Passes With Provisions To Head Off SSDI Benefit Cut by Jessie Gibbons, Senior Policy Analyst

Congress recently took action to head off a looming 19% cut in Social Security disability benefits received by nearly 10.8 million disabled adults and their dependents. Read more »

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Medicare, 50 years strong by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17)

This year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Signed into law by President Johnson on July 30, 1965, Medicare has proven itself to be an American success story. Read more »

 
 
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Why Did I Hit The Doughnut Hole?

Q: I recently hit the Medicare Part D doughnut hole for the first time since I enrolled in Medicare in 2010, but I still take the same medications that I did when I first enrolled. My wife and I were surprised by how high the costs are because we thought the doughnut hole was “closed” through the Affordable Care Act. Is this right? Read the answer »

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SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE QUESTIONS

How Long Do I Have To Collect Benefits To Make Up For Not Taking Them At 66?

Q: I’m reading a lot advice to delay taking Social Security until age 70 in order to let the benefit grow, but it seems to me, that I’m simply betting that I’ll live long enough to make up for the years of benefits that I gave up. Read the answer »

 
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