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The Advisor
, November 2016
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Protecting Social Security & Medicare

COLA Hits New Low — 0.3% For 2017

After receiving no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) this year, Social Security beneficiaries will finally receive a raise effective January 1st. But the increase in benefits is so small, it will be the lowest payable COLA ever in the history of the program. Read more »

What’s Happening To Medicare Part B Premiums In 2017?

Extremely low cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) not only affect Social Security benefits, the 0.3% COLA also affects the amount of Medicare Part B premium people will pay in 2017. Read more »

New Audits Reveal Widespread Overcharging By Medicare Advantage Plans – Why You Should Be Worried

Medicare Advantage plans are booming in popularity with retirees, as a low-cost health coverage alternative. In 2016, the plans cover more than 18 million people, but troubling audits indicate that many plans are overbilling the government for many, if not the majority, of the patients treated. Because overcharges drive up Medicare program spending, the higher costs are shifted to all people enrolled in Medicare through rising Part B premiums— even to people who never enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. 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

Could You Survive A 21% Benefit Cut?

Earlier this year the Social Security Trustees estimated that if Congress does nothing to change Social Security’s financing, Social Security’s combined retirement and disability trust funds would become insolvent by 2034. When that occurs, benefits would be automatically cut by 21% as mandated by law. 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 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

Observation Care - Inpatient or Outpatient?

Hospitals provide observation care for patients who are not well enough to go home but not sick enough to be admitted.  The care may seem just like what an admitted patient receives. But surprises can arise in billing. This video by Francis Ying and Thu Nguyen, narrated by Lynne Shallcross, explains what happens. Watch the video »

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The Senior Citizens League relies on donations from members and supporters like you. Your donation will help us continue to provide educational resources and fight for protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits on behalf of older Americans. Please make a donation today »

 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Where the Candidates Stand by Jessie Gibbons, Senior Policy Analyst

Just days remain before voters across the country will elect 435 lawmakers to the U.S. House, 34 to the U.S. Senate, and one new president to the White House. By now, most registered voters have a good idea who they will vote for on November 8. But how much do you really know about the party positions? Before heading to the polls on election day, TSCL recommends taking one last look at the platforms that were adopted by the Democrats and the Republicans earlier this year. Here are the Social Security reform positions laid out by the two major political parties at their conventions.

Where the Candidates Stand on Social Security »

Where the Candidates Stand on Medicare »

  CONGRESSIONAL CORNER  
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING

Understanding Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period by Philip Moeller

Despite all the complexities and shortcomings of Medicare, the program offers one compelling saving grace to the 55 million people it covers – an annual enrollment period that in most respects permits people to correct any problems with their coverage by signing up for a new set of Medicare policies without penalty. Read more »

 
 
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ASK THE ADVISOR

My Sister Is Losing Medicare Extra Help. What Can We Do?

Q: My sister has a low income and receives Medicare Extra Help with her drug coverage. She started Social Security when she turned 66, but she still works part time. She received notification that she is no longer qualified to receive Extra Help. Her work hours continue to reduced and her income has remained low. Is there anything we can do? Read the answer »

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SOCIAL SECURITY & MEDICARE QUESTIONS

My Ex Passed Away. Can I Claim A Widower’s Benefit?

Q: My ex-wife passed away last year at 62, and recently my job ended. She had a good job with a pharmaceutical company for about 20 years. Can I file a claim for widower’s benefits based on her account and still get my own retirement benefit later? I’ll be 64 in December and I’m looking for new employment. I have not re-married. Read the answer »

 
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