Majority Older Voters Oppose Changes Medicare Provisions Says New Poll Senior Citizens League
Low and middle-income earners pay taxes on all of their earnings. In recent years, however, the share of total wages earned in the U.S. and subject to Social Security payroll tax has declined because the earnings of the most highly paid workers have grown rapidly. Most of the proposals to increase the taxable maximum would also raise benefits of the affected workers by counting earnings above the old cap in the benefit formula. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that eliminating the taxable maximum would extend the Social Security solvency as much as 50 years. .The hold harmless provision usually affects only a small number of beneficiaries in any given year, which has a relatively minimal impact on Part B financing. Since 2010, however, the hold harmless provision has been triggered on a nationwide basis an unprecedented four times. This occurred when inflation was so low that the COLA was zero in 2010, 2011 and 2016 and just 0.3 percent in 2017. .The U.S. – Mexico Totalization Agreement—which was signed by the Social Security Administrations of both the U.S. and Mexico in 2004, and is due to undergo review by the current or future President(s)—continues to pose a threat to Social Security beneficiaries. Because of a loophole, if the President signs the final Executive Totalization Social Security Agreement with Mexico, it could lead to Social Security benefits going to individuals who worked in the U.S. while illegal. … Continued
Be Cautious When Selecting A Medicare Advantage Or Supplement Plan
This week, TSCL's legislative team, which is led by former Congressman David Funderburk and Mrs. Betty Funderburk, met with several Members of Congress and their top staff to discuss issues of critical importance to seniors. The following bills, among others, were discussed this week: the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers (CPI-E) Act (H.R. 1030), the CPI for Seniors Act (H.R. 2154), the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 1795), the Notch Fairness Act (H.R. 155), the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act (H.R. 2745), and the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act (H.R. 574). ."Because earnings are used to determine entitlement, the portion of earnings from jobs worked prior to legal authorization poses a substantial long-term liability to the Social Security Trust Fund," Cates says. In order to improve Social Security solvency, Congress is expected to consider cutting Social Security benefits, perhaps significantly, at some point in the future. "This policy that ‘pays benefits based on work while in the country illegally raises questions as to whether individuals who worked without authorization and committed document fraud will benefit at the expense of others who paid in under valid SSNs," Cates notes. .Higher-income beneficiaries. People with modified gross incomes of ,000 (individuals) or 0,000 (couples) in 2017 are required to pay higher Part B premiums, depending on income. … Continued
What We Know and What We are Still Learning .On Tuesday, TSCL's Legislative Analyst, Jessie Gibbons, attended the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction's first public hearing. The Committee heard testimony from Doug Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). .I am writing for assistance in applying for the Notch Settlement on behalf of my widowed mother who has been a supporter of this cause for several years. She currently draws my deceased father's Social Security since it is greater than what she would receive under her own amounts paid in. My father was born on Sept. 16, 1926, which would qualify her to receive the settlement of ,000. She also has an acquaintance who was in this same situation and she was able to obtain the ,000 in full under her husband's benefits and he was also born in 192We have made several attempts to contact Social Security and they simply will not respond to her request. Is there any assistance you may lend to resolve this issue? .This week, after receiving countless complains from seniors without cell phone access, the Social Security Administration removed the text requirement from the online account login process. In addition, lawmakers continued their seven-week congressional recess. .The following Members of Congress, among others, will hold town hall meetings this week: Sen. Joni Ernst (IA), Sen. Jerry Moran (KS), Sen. Bill Cassidy (LA), Sen. Charles Grassley (IA), Sen. Angus King (ME), Rep. Joe Barton (TX-6), Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30), Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3), Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), Rep. Danny Davis (IL-7), Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Rep. Robert Scott (VA-3), Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2), and Rep. Dave Brat (VA-7). .Please help us continue our important work on behalf of senior citizens and retirees. Make a secure, online donation today. .With the Senate being so sharply divided, achieving that result is very questionable. .This week, lawmakers remained in their home states and districts for a week-long recess. They are scheduled to be back in Washington on Monday, May 7th. In the meantime, many Members of Congress will be attending local events and hosting town hall meetings. .My husband survived cancer but his healthcare costs depleted our savings. Do you have suggestions for coping with debt in retirement?