Financial Wellness Education, Tools & Resources

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2022 Federal Poverty Levels Released

The new year brings with it an expected change in the US Federal Poverty Guidelines, and as would also be expected, they are a little higher than before. The guidelines are used to determine the financial eligibility for state and federal programs, and so play a huge...

SSA Delay Plans on Office Returns

In a brief note to customers delivered just before Christmas Social Security let it be known that they would not be sending their staff back to offices on January 3, 2022, as had been planned earlier in the month. The original re-entry plan was revealed almost as the...

A Holiday Message from MD Benefits Counseling Network

It may not exactly feel like the most wonderful time of the year as we deal with another upsurge of the still deadly, and now rather tedious, Covid 19, but here we are. Despite all that we’re dealing with, we at MDBCN would like to wish one and all the very best of...

1619(B) Threshold for 2022 Announced

Unlike the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) there is little uniformity in when the new year’s 1619(b) thresholds are published, but this year Social Security have jumped the gun and have already posted the 1619(b) thresholds for 2022. Continued Medicaid Eligibility...

Child Tax Credit Now Available to More Families

One aspect of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was the expansion of Child Tax Credit, which meant that more families with children were eligible to receive monthly funds. Some months on from the implementation of the new funding there are likely to be many...

Need Help Accessing Local Services? Social Security Have the Answers

The Social Security Administration has been touting its on-line services for quite some time now and with a good level of determination as regular readers of their weekly blog would not have failed to notice. One development in recent months was the creation of the...

Social Security Offices May Re-open in January

The Social Security Administration recently revealed a plan to require their staff to return to offices around the country starting as early as January 3 next year. The timing of the plan may turn out to be rather unfortunate as it was unveiled shortly before the...

2022 Medicare Costs Announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the new premium, coinsurance and deductible amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. Although unsurprising given the large increase in Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) announced by Social Security,...

SSA Reconsiders Deadline on SSI Continuing Benefits

SSI recipients will probably all be well-aware that their benefit is considered by Social Security to be ‘needs-based’. This means that almost any kind of other income or change in living arrangement is going to have some effect on it and usually seems to cause it to...

A Basic Training on VA Disability Compensation Benefits

Despite being a nation that historically couldn’t really give a fig for the plight of the indigent or the disabled America has always had a soft spot for those who fight for whatever it is the nation believes in at any given time. Be it fighting off the shackles of an...