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Should Unemployed Seniors Claim Social Security Benefits Early?
Unemployment among seniors is skyrocketing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seniors who lose their jobs may be tempted to claim Social Security benefits early, but should they, given the resulting reduction in future benefits?
Spread of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes Linked to Low Wages
Staff members working in more than one facility has been identified as a main contributor to nursing homes’ vulnerability to COVID-19. But working at more than one facility is often a necessity for nurse aides who earn “near-poverty wages.”
How Does the CARES Act Affect Seniors?
The $2 trillion economic relief package that Congress passed to help Americans deal with the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic contains some provisions that affect seniors.
Social Security Closes Offices in Response to COVID-19
To protect its workers and the public during the coronavirus pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has suspended face-to-face service at its field offices and hearings offices nationwide.
Medicare Expands Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
The federal government is broadly expanding coverage of Medicare telehealth services to beneficiaries and relaxing HIPAA enforcement, which will give doctors the ability to provide more services to patients remotely.
Medicare and Medicaid Will Cover Coronavirus Testing
With coronavirus dominating news coverage and creating alarm, it is important to know that Medicare and Medicaid will cover tests for the virus.
When Will You Get Your Stimulus Check?
When can you expect your coronavirus relief payment and how much will it be? The answer to the first question has been changing on an almost daily basis, but finally seems to have come into focus. Here’s the latest word.
How Secure Is Social Security?
For years people have been worried about Social Security’s future, but what is the actual outlook? According to the federal government, unless Congress acts to intervene, Social Security shortfalls are expected beginning in 2035.
New Law Makes Big Changes to Retirement Plans
A spending bill signed into law by the President contains major changes to retirement plans. The bipartisan legislation is designed to provide more incentives to save for retirement, but it may require workers to rethink some of their planning.
When Inheriting Real Estate, Consider Your Options
Inheriting real estate from your parents is either a blessing or a burden Figuring out what to do with the property can be overwhelming, so it is good to carefully think through all of your choices.
Most People Take Social Security at the Wrong Time
A new report finds that almost no retirees are making financially optimal decisions about when to take Social Security and are losing out on an average of more than $100,000 per household in the process.
Social Security Increase in 2020 is Smaller than 2019
The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.6 percent increase in benefits in 2020, nearly half of last year’s change. The small rise has advocates questioning whether the government is using the proper method to calculate increases.