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Savvy Set

  • Obama’s deficit plan sets up battle on Medicare, Medicaid cuts

    By TAMARA LYTLE
    AARP News
    President Obama on Wednesday laid out a vastly different vision of how to wrestle the nation’s debt problems into submission compared with a Republican plan that comes up for a vote later this week.
    “Doing nothing on the deficit is just not an option,” Obama told a crowd at George Washington University. “Our debt has grown so large that we could do real damage to the economy if we don’t begin a process now to get our fiscal house in order.”

  • AARP responds to President’s speech on fiscal issues

    WASHINGTON — AARP CEO A. Barry Rand released this statement in response to the speech by the President addressing the nation’s fiscal challenges:

  • Nosey says ...

    The Medicare Fraud Squad is here and needs your help. On a national level about 3 percent of all healthcare spending, some $86 billion, is lost to fraude each and every year.
    Because Florida has one of the largest senior populations with over 3 million beneficiaries, Medicare fraud costs taxpayers betwen $3 and $4 billion each year.
    And when you consider Florida’s Medicare program runs in excess of $176 billion annually, this has really got to hurt.

  • Social Security

    Class is in
    session with Social Security webinars
    You’ve probably been on the web, and it’s likely that you’ve attended a seminar. But, have you ever attended a “webinar?” We recommend that you do.
    Social Security offers a selection of webinars at www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars. You’re invited to attend any of them, anytime. Class is always in session — past webinars are available for you to view at any time. The information can be valuable, but the cost is free.

  • Social Security

    You’ve made your decision: although you’re eligible to collect Social Security payments, you’re going to keep working and delay receiving your retirement benefits.
    But don’t forget about Medicare.
    Even if you decide to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should apply for Medicare coverage at age 65. If you’d like to begin your Medicare coverage, you should apply within four months of reaching age 65.

  • Social Security questions and answers

    Question:
    Can I get a new Social Security number if someone has stolen my identity?
    Answer:

  • Floridians 50+ unprepared for rising utility costs

    By DOUG HEINLEN
    AARP Florida President
     A recent survey conducted by AARP confirms that Floridians 50+ are concerned about their finances, thinking about having to delay retirement and struggling with day-to-day costs of living as big spikes in fuel costs ripple through the economy.
    According to media reports, some advisors to Gov. Rick Scott have even discussed raising your electric bills – and those of existing Florida businesses – to raise money to lure new and expanding businesses to Florida.

  • Making your home senior-friendly

    State Point News

  • Nosey says ...

    Now is a good time to contact your legislators and tell them what a good job they are doing holding costs down. Their fantastic wisdom predicted seniors would not need a cost of living increase in 2010-2011. After all, the only thing that went up in 2010 was gas, Medicare, food, house insurance, car insurance and medicine. Seniors require a great deal more medication than we did when we were only 45 or 55.

  • Seniors enjoy trip to Walmart

       Wal-Mart Manager Arnie Pierce presents the "Bus Seniors" with a new big screen television to be used at the Trenton Senior Center.    The monthly trips to Wal-Mart on the Gilchrist County free bus have become a social event that all the riders look forward to on the first Friday of each month. The group wishes to thank not only the manager, but all the employees of Walmart for all the help they have provided over the last few months.