2017 Spousal Impoverishment Standards

CMS has published the 2017 Spousal Impoverishment Standards at:

https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/downloads/spousal-impoverishment/2017-ssi-and-spousal-impoverishment-standards.pdf 

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Social Security Increase payments by .03% for 2017

Woo-hoo!!! Social Security has increased its payments for 2017 by --- wait for it --- .03% for 2017. That means someone who was on SSI and received $733 per month in 2016 will receive a $2 per month increase in 2017. With monthly benefits soaring to $735 per month, we remind you "don't spend it all in one place!" Meanwhile, the payroll amount subject to Social Security taxes has increased to $127,200.

http://blog.ssa.gov/an-increase-in-social-security-benefits-in-2017/

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Using mySocialSecurity

Social Security recently announced that you can use your online account to get a replacement Medicare card if your card is lost or damaged. You can also get statements from Social Security regarding your earnings, and estimate regarding future benefits.

Among other things you can do, you can get a letter with proof of your benefits. You can manage your account, change your address, start or change your direct deposit, and get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for your taxes.

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