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SSA Letters Advise Recipients of Money-Saving Plans

Each year at this time, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends letters to people with Medicare who may be eligible for two money-saving programs that can help them afford their prescriptions and health care costs.

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Think Tank Urges Reform of Disability Benefits Appeals Process

About 12 million people receive Social Security Disability benefits, but there are an additional 900,000 claims that are awaiting decisions, according to a new report from a conservative think tank.

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Social Security’s Role in the States Examined

A new report from the Center for Budget Priorities and Policy illustrates how Social Security benefits play a vital role in reducing poverty in every state.

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Social Security Beneficiaries to See Tiny COLA Increase -- 0.3 Percent

Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients will get a small raise at the beginning of the year, but it won’t be enough to increase their economic security.

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Social Security Administration Settles Class Action Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached on behalf of approximately 6,500 California residents, most of them in the San Francisco Bay Area. The settlement will ensure that class members have the opportunity to have disability claims that were denied or discontinued reevaluated.

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SSI Payments to 1 Million-plus Households May be at Risk

In a recent GAO audit of the SSA, investigators determined SSA has not assessed the risks associated with the Social Security system’s limited ability to automatically process claims for multiple recipient households, and has no plans to improve the claims management system to address related issues.

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Women Voters, 50+, Want More from Candidates on Social Security

An AARP survey of older women in 15 key battleground states shows likely women voters, age 50+, don’t think presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have said enough about their respective plans for Social Security. The survey’s respondents also indicated that the next U.S. president needs to do something about updating the program.

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House, Senate Bills Would Dramatically Reduce SSA Budget

If appropriations bills from the Senate and the House are successful, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may have to reduce services and furlough employees.

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Online Report Details Economic Impact of Social Security on Communities

Ever wonder how Social Security affects the U.S. economy? What with all the dire warnings about the future of what is clearly the nation's most popular entitlement program, Social Security’s economic contributions to communities, counties, and states continue to be misunderstood and often ignored in Washington’s fiscal debates. The outspoken National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, one of Washington's squeakiest wheels, hopes to change that. It has released a new online report that provides a detailed look at the significant economic impact generated by Social Security benefits.

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Social Security Trustees Report for 2016: Not Much Different from 2015

The Social Security Trustees project that the combined Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust funds will be depleted in 2034, the same year projected in last year's report.

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