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The Advisor
, June 2016
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

Medicare Proposes Tying Drug Costs to Effectiveness

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to test new ways to rein in costs of some of the nation’s most expensive drugs, like cancer and rheumatoid arthritis treatments, that are administered in doctors’ offices and outpatient centers. The current Medicare Part B payment system, officials argue, provides incentives for prescribing the most expensive medication, rather than on how well it would work for the patient. Read more »

Time To Close The Social Security Tax Loophole?

Congress recently enacted legislation that ended two so-called Social Security benefit “loopholes” — known as “file and suspend” and “restricted application.” The changes affect some married couples and took effect on April 30th, 2016. 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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Can You Identify Medicare Fraud In This Story?

New reports confirm that the Medicare hospice fraud and billing abuse are becoming a costly problem. A recent investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services found that hospices billed Medicare for a higher level of care than patients need in about one-third of the cases, and reported that the extra cost to Medicare was more than $260 million per year. Read more »

Supreme Court Decision Expected On Obama Immigration Plan

The upcoming Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s immigration action could have significant consequences for Social Security and Medicare. The President’s immigration policy changes would allow an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants, including parents of U.S. citizens or lawful residents, to obtain temporary deferral of deportation, work authorization, and potential access to Social Security and Medicare benefits. Read more »

Public Input - YOUR Input - Helps Sway Congress!

What's your story about rising drug costs?

Have you had an experience of an extreme increase in your prescription drug price? We would like to talk to you. The more personal examples we share, the more effective our work to influence Congressional leaders to do something about it. Contact us »

Take the new 2016 Senior Survey

Survey results give us invaluable information that we share with members of Congress, help to get media attention on the issues, and use to bring you better services. The results help us craft the TSCL legislative agenda and represent your interests on Capitol Hill. Take the survey now »

Tips for Retirement

Eating Well On Social Security — 6 Ways To Cut Costs Without Cutting Nutrition

Rising food costs, particularly for fresh fruits and vegetables, rivaled the growth of cost in prescription medicines in recent months. A nutritious diet is crucial for increased mental acuteness, resistance to, and management of, chronic disease, higher energy levels and faster recuperation from illness as you age. Here are six ways to cut food costs, without cutting nutrition. Read more »

 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Where Do The Candidates Stand On Social Security & Medicare?
by Jessie Gibbons, Senior Policy Analyst

Where exactly do the candidates stand on Social Security and Medicare — the two issues that matter most to older Americans? It’s more important than ever to know, since many believe the winner of this year’s presidential election will be responsible for signing into law legislation that will reform the two retirement programs. Read more »

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CONGRESSIONAL CORNER

By Representative Mike Kelly (PA-3)

As a representative of thousands of senior citizens in Western Pennsylvania, and as a senior myself, I strongly believe that all Americans should be able to enjoy their golden years without financial or medical hardship. Retirement should be a time of great reward and good health, not unnecessary anxiety. Read more »

 
 
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Q: What can you tell me about changes to Social Security that went into effect recently? I’ve read references to benefits that I didn’t know I was entitled to. Several emails warned that I would lose them as of April 30th. The emails wanted me to subscribe to a service at a “discounted” price of $500 a year in order to learn about the benefits and how to apply before they are gone. I didn’t go for it but can you tell me if this a scam? Read the answer »

 
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