Biden’s Shopping List of Administrative Health Actions

Joe Biden is set to take office tomorrow. His incoming administration faces enormous challenges to help get the country back on something resembling a normal footing. Nowhere is this truer than in health care. Immediate attention will and should be focused on his plans to greatly expand support for…

Social Security, Medicare announce key 2019 numbers

The Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment) will be 2.8 percent. The average 2018 benefit of $1,422 a month thus will rise to $1,461 in 2019. This is up from 2 percent last year and is the largest adjustment since 2011. Medicare announced that the 2019 standard monthly premium for Part B…

When Social Security Sues A 6-Year-Old Orphan Over Its Own Mistake

Dylan Youngblood is a 6-year-old living in Woodstock, Georgia. His mom, Melissa Blair, died on April 22, 2017, thanks to an uninsured drunk driver. His dad has been on disability for a number of years and is unable to care for him. When a child’s parent is receiving Social Security disability benefits,…

Watchdog reports reveal problems at the strained, underfunded Social Security Administration

Reports of Social Security’s financial problems appear like clockwork, yet the agency’s enormous operational issues receive little attention. Long before 2034 – the currently projected year in which the program will run short of funds – the agency may cease to effectively serve the older and…

Your Social Security and Medicare Questions Answered

The complexities and oddities of Medicare and Social Security represent a seemingly endless source of reader questions, puzzlement, and anger. To ruin a perfectly good holiday sentiment, verily, my mailbox runneth over! As 2018 gets under way, there is little chance that readers will run out of questions.…