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THE MOTLEY FOOL - This Has Never Happened in Social Security's 83 Years of Existence
Each month, close to 63 million Americans, nearly 70% of which are retired workers, receives a monthly benefit check. Of these retirees, 62% lean on their payout to account for at least half...  
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Surveillance and Social Media
If you are making any type of claim for personal injury benefits or compensation, you will be watched...  
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MLIVE
Free Diplomas and  Job Training for Michigan Residents

“Governor Snyder has recently rolled out a program through the Talent Investment Agency to give access to free HS Diplomas and Job Training for qualified residents. ...  
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THE HERALD PALLADIUM
Medicare starts rollout of new cards in April to remove SSN

“Is Medicare giving everyone a new random number, or just the people turning 65 after this year?” ...  
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THE MOTLEY FOOL - 12 Frequently Asked Medicare Questions
“If you're confused about Medicare's benefits, enrollment process, or any other details of the program, here are some answers.”...  
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ALABAMA LIVING - The first Social Security number, the one that came with Woolworth wallets and more fun facts
“In the wake of the Equifax breech and a debate over whether Social Security numbers have outlived their usefulness, let’s review the beginnings of the identifying numbers.” ... Read Full Article Here 
Michigan No-Fault Insurance Reform in the Works
Everyone likes lower prices. If you own a car in Michigan, you know that insuring your car is expensive. Partly because of Michigan’s unique, mandatory no-fault insurance law, Michigan drivers pay the highest car insurance premium rates in the United States. ... Read Full Article Here 
MOTLEY FOOL - 5 Expected Social Security Changes in 2018
“There are few, if any, social programs in the U.S. that are more important than Social Security, at least according to recently released data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Recent SSA findings show that 62% of all elderly recipients get at least half of their monthly income from Social Security, and about a third overall get 90% or more of their monthly income from the program.” ... Read Full Article Here 
THE RIPON ADVANCE
House passes Noem bill to cut-off Social Security benefits to felons
“The House on Sept. 28 approved legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) to prevent people with outstanding felony warrants or parole violations from claiming certain Social Security benefits, resulting in $2 billion in estimated savings.”  ... Read Full Article Here 
The Redding Pilot
Medicare cards dropping social security numbers
“Connecticut Better Business Bureau says new Medicare cards to be issued in the spring will help protect an estimated 57 million seniors enrolled in the plan from identity theft.”  ... Read Full Article Here 
Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist
‘No search for efficiencies, reprioritization of tasks or technological improvements can substitute for adequate resources,’ said Lisa Ekman of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. To get benefits, applicants first apply to state agencies that work with the Social Security Administration. These agencies approve, on average, about one-third of the applications they receive, Disman said. In most states, applicants who are denied benefits can ask the same state agency to reconsider, though very few of these applications get approved.’ ... Read Full Article Here 
Chicago Tribune
Many not aware of Social Security survivor benefits

“Connecticut Better Business Bureau says new Medicare cards to be issued in the spring will help protect an estimated 57 million seniors enrolled in the plan from identity theft.”  ... Read Full Article Here 
San Francisco Chronicle
Wait time for federal disability benefits appeal hits a record
“People who have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and been turned down twice are having to wait a record number of days to get a hearing in front of a judge and receive a decision. The average wait time is 596 days or 19½ months, up from 545 days in September and only 353 days in 2012. The backlog of cases pending a hearing stands at about 1.1 million, up from 700,000 in 2010.”  ... Read Full Article Here 
Detroit Free Press
YouTube video tricking consumers on how to pay bills using
Social Security numbers
“Here's some sorry news this summer: There's no secret cash stash out there to pay your utility bills or your old outstanding debts with the state. Consumers are getting swept into some scams across the country that promise a way to use special bank routing numbers supposedly from the U.S. government to cover their bills. In some cases, they're watching a You Tube video published by "Money Boy Filmz" called "I paid my bills using my Social Security number." Another is titled: "Believe you can pay bills with your Social Security."  ... Read Full Article Here 
USA Today- 5 Social Security myths, DEBUNKED
“It's time to set the record straight. Millions of American retirees and future retirees depend on, or will depend on, income from Social Security to help provide a financially comfortable retirement, but there's so much misinformation out there about the program."  ... Read Full Article Here 
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