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A Message from the Social Security Administration, Office of External Affairs

Dear Colleague:

In December, I wrote to tell you about some upcoming changes to the services we provide at Social Security offices across the country. Based on feedback we received from many of our stakeholders, we decided to delay the implementation of these changes to later in the year.

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Social Security Increases Are Historically Small This Year

For the second straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.

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How Not to Die

Angelo Volandes's low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care.

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Senior Poverty is Much Worse Than You Think

One frequent knock on the official poverty rate is that it generally excluded income from some government programs like food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit, but included income from others, like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Social Security. That means people who, if those benefits were treated as cash, wouldn’t be counted as impoverished, still get counted as such.

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Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare and helps seniors take charge of their health. The law provides important benefits such as free preventive services, free annual wellness visits, and a 50% discount on prescription drugs for Medicare recipients in the coverage gap known as the "donut hole." You can also work with your doctor to create a personalized prevention plan.

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Certification Note

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Guyton & Frère are certified as Elder Law Specialists by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization.