Take Note: Social Security and Medicare Benefits Changing in 2016

Claiming Social Security Twice is Eliminated

Prior to 2016, some married individuals who were 62 or older had claimed Social Security retirement benefits twice.

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Fewer Than Half of Americans Are Saving Well for Retirement

But the news isn't all bad.

If you don’t think you’re saving enough for retirement, you’re not alone, according to an annual survey of Americans’ saving habits.

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Medicare Weighing Changes to Doctor Drug Payments, Memo Shows

The U.S. is mulling changes to how the Medicare program pays physicians for administering expensive cancer drugs and other medications given in doctors’ offices, according to a memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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4 Presidential Candidates Who Want to Raise Social Security Benefits

For years, policymakers targeted Social Security as needing to have its benefits reduced. Only recently have politicians stood up and said that Social Security needed to be expanded, and although Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others not running for the White House have largely led the charge, several Presidential candidates have come out in favor of giving more Social Security benefits to Americans. 

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Senators try for bipartisanship on Medicare reforms

The Senate Finance Committee is trying to do something a bit rare in an election year: legislate in a bipartisan way on a wonky but important issue. 

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3 Things Every American Needs to Know About Medicare

The Medicare program turned 50 in 2015 and currently provides healthcare benefits for more than 50 million Americans.And while Medicare is how millions of retirees pay for healthcare, it's a complicated system with multiple parts, and it doesn't pay for everything. 

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Why You Need Friends in Retirement

An old Carole King song captures the emotional value of having a friend. New research from the Stanford Center on Longevity confirms it, saying that social engagement promotes physical and mental health, while social isolation costs people both personal and medical problems. According to the study, "socially isolated individuals face health risks comparable to those of smokers."

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