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Savvy Set

  • For older drivers, study finds, one drink may be one too many

    From UF News

  • SHINE volunteers can help with questions

    Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs? Can't afford to have the Medicare Part B Premium come out of your check every month? Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options?

  • Learn about Medicare from SHINE volunteers

    Learn everything you wanted to know about Medicare, but were afraid to ask, such as:
    • How does Medicare work?
    • What Part D Plan saves me the most $$$?
    • Where do I find supplemental insurance rates?
    • How does my employer’s insurance work with Medicare?
    • Are there any programs to help pay for my Part B premium?

  • Serving wounded warriors and the survivors of our fallen heroes

    By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • Why the young should care about Social Security

    By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. Whether a new worker is beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to be on each new worker’s mind when they see their first pay stub: Where’s the rest of my money?

  • Tips to reach 100 by creating your own Blue Zone 

  • Rubio's staff coming to help

    If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of Senator Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Senator Rubio’s Office offers his constituents. Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

  • Do you have questions about Medicare?

       Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings?
       If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling. 
       SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance. If you cannot come to a site call the

  • Social Security Question and Answer for October

    Question:
       How do I update or correct the name on my Social Security card?

    Answer:
       To update or correct the name on your Social Security card:
    Complete an Application for A Social Security Card (Form SS-5), available at www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf; Show us original documents proving your legal name change, identity and U.S. citizenship (if you have not already established your citizenship with us), or immigration status if you are not a U.S. citizen; and

  • Medicare 2012 enrollment begins Saturday, closes Dec. 7

       SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is going on tour in the Tri-county area to help retirees make the best informed decision for the 2012 Medicare Part D Drug Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan.  
       Each site listed will have a short presentation followed by individual counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential counseling.
       Low-Income Medicare beneficiaries should ask about Extra Help (LIS) to help pay for 2012  Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs.