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  • Social Security: Been thinking about Medicare Part B? If you are covered under Medicare Part A but originally opted not to apply for Medicare Part B, now’s your opportunity to enroll in Part B. The general enrollment period runs from Jan. 1 through March 31.

    March 1, 2010

  • Social Security showcases history in 75th year What you may not have realized when you rang in 2010 was that you also were ringing in the 75th anniversary of Social Security.

    February 22, 2010

  • Social Security: To tax or not tax: A SS question When it comes to Social Security benefits, you may be wondering who must pay taxes on them and who does not. Let’s look at the numbers

    February 15, 2010

  • Social Security: Apply for benefits together online Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We at Social Security have a romantic story we’d like to share with older couples out there who are thinking about applying for retirement benefits.

    February 8, 2010

  • Lower income might mean lower Medicare Part B premium If you have Medicare coverage and you pay a higher Part B premium due to your higher income, here’s some news that may be comforting during these troubling economic times.

    February 1, 2010

  • A New Year’s resolution to keep: Apply for Social Security online Many Americans begin each new year with a list of resolutions and goals. You may want to go on a diet, shed a little weight, do a bit more exercising, or clean out the long-neglected attic. The trouble is these well-intended goals often melt away long before winter’s snow does.

    January 25, 2010

  • Senior menu: Jan. 25-29, 2010

    January 21, 2010

  • Social Security: Basic facts on survivors insurance At the start of a new year, many folks like to take stock of their situation in life — work, health, finances, etc. But most of us avoid doing much thinking about death, or what it might mean for surviving loved ones.

    January 18, 2010

  • Social Security: It’s time to start thinking about taxes The holidays are over, the gift-giving (and spending) is done, and you’re almost finished returning all of the things you don’t want or need. You’ve even jotted down your New Year’s resolutions and plan to stick to them.

    Time to relax? Maybe not right away — it’s time to start thinking about your taxes.

    January 11, 2010

  • Social Security: Retirement Estimator even better than before Improvements to one of the most popular online services in government — the Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator — allow more people than ever before to get a personalized and instant estimate of future Social Security retirement benefits.

    January 4, 2010

  • Social Security: Now’s the time to apply online for a New Year retirement If you’re planning on retiring sometime early in the new year, now is the time to apply for retirement benefits.

    December 28, 2009

  • Social Security: Deck the halls, hold the calls For years, Social Security has told the public that the busiest time for our field offices and for our toll-free telephone number is early in the week and early in the month, so if your business can wait, it’s best to contact us at other times.

    December 21, 2009

  • Social Security: There are no ‘holiday hours’ for Social Security’s online services If you are one of the many Americans who may have to conduct business with Social Security over the holiday season, it is good to know that you can use our online services without having to worry about opening or closing times. That means you can handle your holiday shopping and planning with one less time constraint or worry — and one less “shopping line” in which to wait.

    December 14, 2009

  • Social Security: This holiday season, don’t give a gift to a thief It’s been said that the true spirit of the holiday season is in giving, not receiving. With this in mind, it’s likely that you will be spending a bit of time shopping for presents, your credit card flying out of your wallet or purse like wind-blown snow.

    But as you shop in stores and online, be sure you’re not giving a surprise gift to an identity thief. Because the surprise will be on you — and it won’t be a good one.

    December 7, 2009

  • Social Security: Programs pay benefits to homeless Social Security administers several programs that pay benefits to qualified individuals, including those who are homeless. These programs include retirement, disability and survivors insurance, as well as Supplemental Security Income, which is a needs-based program for people who are blind, disabled or age 65 or older.

    November 30, 2009

  • Social Security: This Thanksgiving, pass the mouse Thanksgiving is almost here. Families across the nation will come together to share more than a meal — to share warm memories, and to make them. You may plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, toss a football on the leaf-covered yard or simply sit together over coffee or wine to talk. While the family is together, it may be the perfect time to help Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, or your favorite aunt or uncle. Just ask them to pass the mouse.

    November 23, 2009

  • Social Security: It's open season: Hunt for your drug plan Hunting season is upon us; time to set your target for the Medicare prescription drug plan that’s best for you.

    November 16, 2009

  • Social Security serves those who serve America Every day of the year, Americans in the armed forces serve our nation. At Social Security, we honor our nation’s military personnel and all of America’s veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.

    November 9, 2009

  • Social Security: Moving? Keep in touch with your SS benefits If you’ve recently moved to a new address, chances are some of your former neighbors and friends from the community asked you to be sure to keep in touch. If you receive Social Security benefits, we’d like you to keep in touch, too. In fact, you need to let us know about your new address. Even if you receive your payments by direct deposit, Social Security needs your current mailing address so you can continue to receive important notices about changes in benefits.

    November 2, 2009

  • Social Security: Flesh out your financial skeleton As Halloween hovers on the horizon, the most frightening prospect for some adults has nothing to do with ghosts or goblins. Rather, it’s their scary lack of preparation when it comes to retirement planning.

    We suggest a new activity: fleshing out your financial skeleton. Here are the rules.

    October 26, 2009

  • What to do if Social Security pays you too much What should you do if Social Security pays you too much? That may seem like a strange idea at first, as most people worry about not having enough money. If you receive monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, an overpayment can occur for many reasons, including work or another benefit that requires a reduction in your Social Security or SSI payment.

    October 19, 2009

  • Social Security: Get your benefit verification before the chill sets in It’s that time of year again — when people in many parts of the country feel a new chill in the air each morning, and put an extra quilt or blanket on the bed.

    October 12, 2009

  • Social Security: Disabled? Social Security can help Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the unfortunate reality is this: The chances that you will become disabled are probably far greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 3 in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.

    October 5, 2009

  • Social Security: Put signing up for Direct Deposit at the top of ‘to do’ list Hurricane season is here for many parts of the country. In other areas of the nation, it’s wildfire season, while in the Midwest, the threat of severe weather, tornados and floods exist throughout most of the year. As you prepare for the threat of a natural disaster in your community, put signing up for Direct Deposit at the top of your “to do” list. Doing so can eliminate the delay or non-delivery of your monthly payment if a disaster forces you from your home.

    September 7, 2009

  • Social Security: America has a new leading lady There’s a new leading lady topping the A-list. Her name is Emma.

    August 31, 2009

  • Social security: Consider becoming a representative payee If a loved one, friend or neighbor receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits but is no longer physically or mentally able to take care of his or her financial affairs, you may want to consider becoming a representative payee. Then, you’ll be able to help them with managing their money.

    August 24, 2009

  • Social Security’s 800 number: A history of service Today, most adults in America carry a cell phone. If they don’t, they probably have a landline phone at home. Although millions of people go online each year and take advantage of our convenient services at www.socialsecurity.gov, we still offer a full range of services over the telephone too.

    August 17, 2009

  • Senior menu: Aug. 10-14, 2009

    August 6, 2009

  • Check your Social Security application status online There’s a lot you can do at Social Security’s Web site, and it’s easy to locate — just go to www.socialsecurity.gov. You can estimate your retirement benefits, find out what kinds of government benefits you might qualify for and even apply for benefits online.

    August 3, 2009

  • Clark County FitWalk scheduled for Sept. 26 Clark County FitWalk is planned for Sept. 26 to encourage Clark County and neighboring residents to become healthier and take an active role in exercising. s

    July 29, 2009

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