Category: Medicare and Social Security

What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid in the Context of Long-Term Care

Although their names are confusingly alike, Medicaid and Medicare are quite different programs. Both programs provide health coverage, but Medicare is an “entitlement” program, meaning that everyone who reaches age 65 and is entitled to receive Social Security benefits also receives Medicare. (Medicare also covers people of any age who are permanently disabled or who […]

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Look for a Small Increase in Social Security Benefits in 2017

Yes, you will receive more in Social Security Benefits in 2017. Sorry to say, though, it’s not much. Because the cost of living increased in 2016, by law Social Security benefits must increase to help offset this inflation. Unfortunately the cost of living increase was modest which means beneficiaries will only see a slight increase […]

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Social Security Hears From Seniors Loud and Clear – Backing Off Requirement of Cell Phones to Access Records

A couple of weeks ago in this space, we wrote about the decision of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to require seniors to use texting on their cell phones to access their records online. It didn’t seem like a great idea at the time. Many aged and disabled individuals do not have cell phones. Those […]

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Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy and Medicaid

The Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy, also known as Extra Help, provides financial assistance for prescription drug coverage to those with limited income and assets. Several different levels of financial assistance are available under the Low Income Subsidy based on income and asset limits. Individuals who are also eligible for Medicaid receive the highest […]

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