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SOCIAL SECURITY COLA 1.5% FOR 2014

The Social Security Administration announced last fall the cost of living increase for recipients of Social Security Retirement, Survivors & Disability Insurance Benefits (RSDI), as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), is 1.5%.   Individual SSI recipients are receiving $721 per month. The SSI benefit for 2013 was $710. Couples on SSI are receiving $1,028…. Read More


WASHTENAW COUNTY NATION’S HEALTHIEST

For the 5th year in a row the University of Wisconsin School of Public Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have declared Washtenaw County, Michigan the healthiest county in the United States. The study measured access to grocery stores, public transportation, access to healthcare and infant mortality rates in making the determination.  


MEDICAL POT APPROVED FOR PTSD

Medical marijuana was approved recently for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Michigan. This is the first time pot has approved for a mental disorder. Previously medical marijuana could only be prescribed to treat conditions, such as cancer, to treat chronic pain or the nausea and loss of appetite that comes with chemotherapy treatment…. Read More


OBAMACARE UPDATE: MEDICAID EXPANSION APPEARS REAL

For years I have dealt with clients who have been denied or cut-off Medicaid, seemingly without reason.  Without access to medical care Social Security Claimants cannot prove their cases. But over the past 90 days I am amazed at how many clients have been approved for Medicaid.  The expansion promised through the Affordable Care Act… Read More


LIQUOR CONSUMPTION BY NATION

According to the global marketing firm, Euromonitor, Int’l., the nation with the highest per capita liquor consumption rate is South Korea at 13.7 shots per week. Russia is a distant second at 6.3 shots per week, however, the most popular liquor in South Korea is Soju, which is only 20% alcohol, as opposed to 40%… Read More


CVS TO STOP SELLING TOBACCO PRODUCTS

CVS, the 2nd largest pharmacy chain in the United States, has announced that beginning this fall its stores will not sell tobacco products of any kind. This means cigarettes, cigars, rolling tobacco or pipe tobacco. CVS sells an estimated $2 billion in tobacco products annually. The move is supposed to align the company more with… Read More


AARP LISTS 99 WAYS TO SAVE

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Bulletin for July-August 2013 listed 99 ways to save $, which is very helpful for persons on fixed incomes, such as seniors or the disabled. Some are fairly obvious. Others are less so. The tips are broken down into categories such as Finances, Shopping, Cleaning, Home Beauty, Health,… Read More


OBAMA WEIGHS IN ON POT VS ALCOHOL DEBATE

In an interview published in the New Yorker magazine on January 19, 2014 President Obama stated that, in his opinion, while “not very healthy”, marijuana isn’t more dangerous than alcohol. He also said he thinks marijuana is less harmful than alcohol on the consumer. Though still a Schedule 1 substance under Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)… Read More


OBAMACARE UPDATE

2 million people have signed up for health insurance at www.healthcare.gov or at the state-run healthcare sites. However, the demographics are not what President Obama had hoped for. Adults 50-64 are the most heavily represented. Adults 18-34 are only 24% of signees, not the 40% targeted. Without younger, healthier persons in the system the numbers… Read More


DOES THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE OF COLOR?

A popular conception is that Social Security benefits redistribute wealth from the better off members of society to those less well off. Indeed, Tea Party members call Social Security a socialist concept. The Urban Institute issued a report recently contesting this assumption and asserting that the Social Security system actually redistributes money from the poor… Read More