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Medicare Costs for 2021 Are Out and Up


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the new 2021 figures for Medicare costs. As has been the norm in recent years there have been increases across the board. While for most recipients there’s still no premium for Part A, deductibles and coinsurance have risen significantly higher…  
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Social Security Announces 2021 COLAs


The Social Security Administration has just announced the 2021 Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) for Social Security and SSI recipients. Across the board there will be a 1.3% increase in income. This means that for SSI recipients the individual monthly maximum income will now be $794, while a married couple…  
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Still Waiting on Your Stimulus Check? IRS Looks to TAS to Get That to You


It was as long ago as the end of March that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was tasked with the admittedly monumental challenge of distributing Economic Impact Payments (EIP), more commonly known as the stimulus payments, to all eligible adults and their dependent children. Since then they have handed out…  
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The Latest on Stimulus Checks and Unemployment


We are in something of a lull as the first round of federally funded financial assistance prompted by COVID19 has come and gone. Most eligible Americans will have received their $1,200 stimulus check, although there are still plenty who are in limbo in that regard, and the last of $600…  
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SSA Red Book Updated for 2020


Social Security recently published the long-awaited 2020 version of their Red Book. This handy publication that clearly describes itself in its sub-heading of “A Summary Guide to Employment Supports for Persons with Disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs” is available in PDF,…  
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A Quick Look at How To Qualify for SSDI


Before you set off on that rather arduous trek that is the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it’s certainly worth making sure that you’re heading out on the right path. If you don’t meet all of the following criteria then your application will be over before it’s…  
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Haven’t Received Your Economic Impact Payment Yet? A Prepaid Debit Card May Be on Its Way


The US Department of the Treasury announced this week that in order to speed up the process for distribution of the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to the population some four million individuals will be receiving prepaid debit cards instead of the paper check they may have been expecting. Stopping short…  
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Update on Economic Impact Payments


The Social Security Administration recently issues some updates on the schedule of the much sought-after Economic Impact Payments that have begun to be issued around the country. These updates concern recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security retirement and survivors benefits who did not…  
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Maryland Food Stamp Recipients Receiving Increased Allotments


Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) has joined other agencies both federal and state in responding positively to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case it has increased its funding of the officially titled Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), but more commonly known as food stamps, by a healthy $66 million….  
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Maryland Unemployment Insurance –


On April 24th the Maryland Department of Labor launched it’s new BEACON one-stop application for Marylanders to file claims for all benefit types including the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This enabled those who are self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, sole proprietors, or have insufficient work history to finally file…  
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CMS Announces Changes to Medicare During COVID-19


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting some of its regulations regarding Medicare services so as to counter a number of the issues that we are all undergoing at the present time. As we are now severely restricted in where we…  
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Update – Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic Economic Impact Payments


Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments 04/15/2020 04:01 PM EDT Today, we announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department.  Treasury anticipates these automatic payments to go out no later than early May. SSI recipients…  
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New Guidance from Social Security Regarding Stimulus Payments for Social Security and SSI Benefit Recipients


On Friday April 10, 2020 Social Security Administration’s Commissioner Andrew Saul released new guidance to Social Security and SSI benefit recipients regarding processes for ensuring individuals obtain the full amount of government stimulus payments they and their family may be eligible for. Below is the full press release which can…  
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EID Premiums Suspended Until Further Notice


The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has made the generous decision to suspend the charging of premiums for those who participate in the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program. This order went into effect on March 30 and covers premium payments as of March 1. The suspension is expected to…  
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Another Day, Another Social Security Benefits Scam Revealed


It would appear that the coronavirus outbreak has given certain individuals pause for thought. The thought being “How can I use this crisis to wring some money out of Social Security beneficiaries?” Yes, once again the Social Security Administration has been obliged to make everyone aware of a new scam….  
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