Health insurers are pushing back, and are warning that the cost of new coverage could limit other benefits they offer in private Medicare Advantage plans - such as free transportation to medical appointments or free over-the-counter drugs..Over the past decade, there has been no COLA at all three times - in 2010, 2011, and 201In 2017 the COLA was just 0.03%. The 2021 COLA of 1.3% is one of the lowest COLAs ever paid. TSCL feels this is a clear sign that the inflation adjustment for Social Security benefits is failing the very people it was designed to protect.."Medicare Beneficiary Savings and the Affordable Care Act," Department of Health and Human Services, February 201"Reliance on Capital Gains and Dividend Income Tends to Rise with Age," Tax Foundation, December 2005..TSCL would like to thank Representatives Kristi Noem, Sean Duffy, and Mick Mulvaney for taking the time discuss the issues that matter the most to our members and supporters. TSCL also met with top staffers in the offices of the following Members of Congress: Jim Matheson, Linda Sanchez, Norm Dicks, Steve Stivers, William Keating, Janice Hahn, and Robert Hurt..In a letter that was sent to the twenty-nine conferees on Monday, members of the House Appropriations Committee wrote: "We call on the Budget conference to reach an agreement on the FY2014 and FY2015 spending caps as soon as possible to allow the appropriations process to move forward … If a timely agreement is not reached, the likely alternatives could have extremely damaging repercussions." According to the appropriators, the alternatives include: a government shutdown on January 15th, continued governance by continuing resolution, and a second round of across-the-board spending cuts via the "sequester," which is scheduled to hit in January..A report about the memo, which was published in Politico, a Washington, D.C., based news service, also stated that the lawyer "and his office late last week instructed administration officials to seek guidance from the DOJ's public integrity section, which deals with election crimes, before moving forward with the drug-discount plan. That has further stalled the plan as the health department waits for DOJ review, said two officials.".IPAB Repeal Bill Approved by House.Buying a car is fraught with pitfalls where anyone must tread carefully and thoroughly sleuth out hidden mechanical and financial defects. Indeed, it sounds as though your brother has been taken for a ride by a predatory auto loan. According to information found an organization that provides help and information about loans and managing debt - predatory lending is any lending practice that convinces a borrower to accept unfair terms through deceptive, coercive, exploitative or unscrupulous actions for a loan that the borrower doesn't need, doesn't want, or can't afford. In recent years, such sub-prime auto loans have soared, and now state and federal agencies are starting to look into some big name lenders who cater to people with less-than-perfect credit records..NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A table showing the full list of drugs compared and details on costs can be found here.

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Tightening eligibility requirements. Currently, DI applicants must have worked 5 of the past 10 years to be eligible for benefits. Increasing this requirement to 6 of the past 10 years would reduce the number of eligible beneficiaries only slightly and would save up to billion..Joe sees a solution for low COLAs and Social Security's long-term solvency issues. Currently the highest paid employees, including CEO of top U.S. companies only pay Social Security taxes on the first 2,900, even when they pull in multi-million dollar salaries. "The future of Social Security would be brighter, if the taxable maximum earnings to which the Social Security payroll tax is applied would include the high earners," Joe says..Replace windows and roofs only when necessary. Windows and roofs are expensive and no fun for older homeowners to replace. While homebuyers expect roofs and windows to be in good condition, replacing them may not dramatically boost the resale value of your home. Get the opinion of your real estate agent. … Continued

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President Trump is insisting on another payroll tax cut for any economic stimulus package. But the proposal is unlikely to provide financial help for unemployed workers who need the money, and would worsen existing financing problems for Social Security, Medicare, and program beneficiaries, warns The Senior Citizens League. "Today's retirees - more than 61.2 million people - depend on Social Security and Medicare payroll tax revenues for their Social Security and Medicare benefits," says Mary Johnson, a Social Security and Medicare policy analyst. "Their number one concern is that down the line, benefits will be permanently cut to pay for these 'temporary' tax cuts," she says..President Obama set off a firestorm of controversy announcing an ambitious set of "executive actions" to protect illegal immigrants from deportation. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently released a report confirming that many of those affected by the policy changes would be eligible for Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of federal benefits. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about executive action on immigration and how it affects Social Security and Medicare:.Members of the House and Senate spent the week in their home states and districts, and will return to Capitol Hill on Monday, February 27th. … Continued

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