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Run the numbers before taking Social Security benefits

Dec 2nd, 2019 | By

Baby boomers turning full retirement age in 2019 are the last class that can take advantage of a valuable Social Security strategy. The strategy lets a beneficiary restrict an application to spousal benefits only, giving the beneficiary some Social Security income now while allowing his or her own retirement benefit to grow 8 percent a

Kaiser gets five stars for Medicare

Nov 21st, 2019 | By

Kaiser Permanente Washington is among the nation’s best healthcare providers for Medicare patients, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ annual ratings of care and service in the Medicare system. Kaiser was the only health plan in Washington to receive a five-star rating, the highest possible. Nationally, seven of Kaiser’s eight Medicare Advantage

Wrong earnings can cost thousands in Social Security

Oct 29th, 2019 | By

Social Security is an earned benefit. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your benefits. Social Security keeps track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important. If an employer didn’t properly report

Women worry most about healthcare costs

Oct 16th, 2019 | By

Large numbers of Americans 60 and older are concerned that healthcare costs prescription drug costs are outpacing retirement savings—something women worry about more than men, according to a new survey by the National Council on Aging  (NCOA) on financial-related issues. “All too often, older women are feeling the very real consequences of the income gap