Financial Wellness Education, Tools & Resources

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Worth Remembering: SSA Resources and Benefits for Veterans

Armistice Day commemorates the ending of the First World War on November 11, 1918 and although the US were hardly involved in that conflict it is observed in this country each year in on that date. Here it's known, of course, as Veterans Day and has come to...

Change of Plan: Transferring State Benefits When You Move

Well, you can't. There is actually no provision for a simple transfer of any state-regulated benefit such as SNAP (aka Food Stamps) or Medical Assistance. Each state has their own eligibility rules and regulations so if you should up sticks and move to another state,...

An Extra Serving: Maryland Food Bank and CSFP Helping Seniors in Baltimore

The Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) is a federally run program that helps low-income seniors around the country by providing them with monthly food packages. In Maryland the program is known as “My Groceries to Go!” and is administered by the Maryland Food...

SSA’s 2023 COLAs Announced!

The new figures are in for 2023's Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and as many had predicted there has been another significant leap. The new COLA dwarfs even last year's notable 5.9% and comes in at a staggering 8.7% increase. In terms of how that looks to SSI...

Some Medicare Part B Start Dates to Change in 2023

It has been announced that starting in January 2023 there will be some slight but positive modifications to the start dates for those enrolling in Medicare Part B. At the moment someone who signs up for Medicare Part B in the last three months of the seven- month...

CMS Announces 2023 Medicare Premiums

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently published the 2023 Medicare premium and deductible costs and there's a modicum of good news for anyone who's paying the Part B premium. This year's basic Part B premium, a record-high $170.10, will be...

SSA Looks to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month has just begun and will run until October 15 as it has done for every year since 1988. This year’s theme is ‘Building Prosperous and Health Communities” and will be celebrated with a series of symposiums, webinars, and with...

SSA National Disability Forum Coming Soon

In this month’s Social Security updates, the agency has announced an up-coming forum whichwill center on working to help those experiencing homelessness access SSA benefits for whichthey may well be eligible. The pellucidly titled “Homelessness: Working with...

SSA Adds More Conditions to the Compassionate Allowance List

It was almost exactly a year ago that this blog announced twelve additional conditions and diseases that would be considered by Social Security to meet their criteria for Compassionate Allowances. Twelve months later another twelve conditions have been added to the...

SSA Makes Further Updates to My Social Security Accounts

In their on-going push to get everyone to conduct their business without having to communicate directly with anyone at the agency, Social Security has announced a couple of tweaks to the My Social Security account. If you receive Social Security benefits and need to...