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JULY 2020

Vol. 39:6

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Half of Retirees Pay Social Security Taxes HALF OF RETIREES participating in a new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) say they paid income taxes on a portion of their Social Security benefit income for the 2019 tax year. “There was no change from previous years in the 50 percent of retiree households who report that they pay tax on a portion of their benefits, despite the 2017 tax reform law, says Mary Johnson, a Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League. The revenues from taxation of benefits are earmarked for funding Social Security and Medicare benefits. “Those revenues take on new importance in 2020, as the coronavirus takes a significant toll on Social Security and Medicare payroll tax

revenues with more than 40 million people out of work,” Johnson says. The number of older taxpayers who find that a portion of their Social Security benefits are taxable tends to grow over time. Unlike income brackets that are adjusted for inflation, the income thresholds that subject Social Security benefits to taxation have never been adjusted since Social Security benefits became taxable in 1984. When the law was first passed, less than 10 percent of all Social Security recipients were estimated to have incomes high enough to be affected by the tax on benefits. But today, even retirees with modest incomes can be affected by the tax. Up to 85 percent of Social Security benefits can be subject to taxation if an individual has a combined

income of $25,000 and married couples filing jointly have a combined income of $32,000. Had income thresholds been adjusted for inflation, they would be about $62,902 for individuals and $80,515 for joint filers in 2020. “Combined income” is determined by adding one’s adjusted gross income, plus any tax - free interest income, and one - half of Social Security benefits. According to the 2020 Social Security Trustees report, which does not include estimates of the impact of the coronavirus, Social Security is expected to receive about $853.3 billion in payroll tax revenues this year. “That estimate is higher than it actually will be, since it was based on just a 5 percent unemployment rate,” Johnson notes. “Currently the unemployment numbers are roughly four times higher than that,” she points out. In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), allows employers to defer the employer portion of payroll taxes in 2020 for up to two years. The Social Security Trustees


further estimate that $38.9 billion in revenues in 2020 would come from the taxation of Social Security benefits. “Yet those revenues are also likely to be lower, impacted by both large numbers of older Americans who lost income from jobs, as well as from lower distributions from retirement accounts that have lost value from last year,” Johnson notes. Under the CARES Act, retirees are allowed to completely waive required minimum distributions for 2020 from retirement accounts. At the same time, new claims for Social Security benefits are growing, as many older workers who have lost jobs file for Social Security benefits earlier than planned. The combined impact increases pressure on Social Security to address solvency issues. A future solvency option supported by more than 72 percent of The Senior Citizens League’s survey participants is to apply the Social Security payroll tax to all earnings, instead of just the first $137,700 in wages. The survey was conducted from mid - January through April of this year.

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LAST YEAR AND then recently I revealed that I have breathed air in 9 different decades. Any bets I can make it to ten? Everyone seems to be apoplectic about this damnable virus named COVID-19 and rightly so. I wish the Huwan China Flu (or just the Chinese Flu) would have stuck because that's where it started. Why has that changed? We've always called them as we saw them and the Spanish had a flu, the Asians had a flu, Ebola had a flu, even the swine and the birds had a flu. I "tells ya," it's a puzzlement to me. I'm not making light of the name but COVID-19 seems so ominous, which it is and continues to be. But do you remember COVID 1 through 18? Did we have them in the past? If not, will they be worse than COVID-19 like 4, 3, 2, 1......? Is it another attempt by our media to keep us on edge constantly? How do these scientists know how long it will be until we get a vaccine? If it will be a year, 15 months, 6 months. why can't it be next month? My entire life the news media and everyone else for that matter in the "business" keep trying to scare us to death? "Keep them always in fear," that's their motto. Now all the deaths that have affected so many families is nothing to joke about. Prayers are said daily for the folks who have died and their families. The majority


of whom are older folks like our readership. I just wish that these so-called journalists would do some digging and break a story as to when we'll have a vaccine and after finding that out, why will it take that long and how do they know? And finally, why America?, the place that has the best medical facilities in the world, is being the hardest hit. I love sports and really want to see them but not sure if it's wise to start them up because you know there will be a certain amount of the participants who test positive. Won't that wipe out the majority of teams for at least two weeks because if you are playing a team sport you have contact, especially in contact sports. If so, then everyone you've been around closely would have to sit for 14 days and on and on. It's something to ponder. I was asked recently by a few different people if I ever heard of George Soros? I was also asked if I ever heard of Black Lives Matter? How about ANTIFA? Finally how about OFA (Organization for Action)? Also, if I ever saw the Hodge Brothers on the internet? As JFK used to say, "let me say this about that." I suggest you get on your computers and hit the internet and do some research. It is an eye-opening experience in my view. On June 27, 2020 (the day I'm writing this) and forward we all must be vigilant. We must all look inward and upward and turn to the Almighty. We should seek the counsel of our pastors, reverends, priests, and etc (men and women of God, that is) to help us understand what God wants. Simply, we must meet the world head on and find out how to decipher the inner workings of our world and evils that abound and have been around since the beginning of time. Modernity is just wrapped differently. But you all know this. You all have had the benefit of wisdom. Just making it to the elderly phase of your life is a gift from above. One that allows us to make amends for the missteps that were taken. We all know these things. We should do our best to express this knowledge to the youngsters in our sphere. You all know when you are being used as a dupe. You can tell when someone doesn't know what he/she is talking about. Turn to God with all your might. He is the only constant. Godspeed to you and yours.



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Staring At Our Fears LET'S LOOK THIS elephant

in the eyes: The economy will likely shrink this year. The current quarter looks to be the worst. According to one economist, it could drop over 40 percent from April to June. Very shocking but we have to be prepared. Then the next quarter it could be back up over 20 percent. And up again to finish the year. To put that in context: this quarter is horrendous but “only” drops the whole year by six to seven percent (NOT by forty percent). That would still shave off over $1 trillion from our economy. Whew—that’s depressing! But… “YOU DON’T MAKE A PLUGGED NICKEL” BETTING AGAINST THE U.S. This line-of-thought really takes me back to the Financial Crisis. It was bad then and it’s bad now but we always come back, don’t we? And our country tends to be the safe haven. In future articles I’ll explore the U.S dollar, the overseas situation and get to one major conclusion. If it’s bad here it’s even worse overseas. POLITICAL RISK EVERYWHERE In the last few years there weren’t a lot of gains to be made overseas except for some special situations and strategies. But you could count on lots of juicy dividends. I personally invested in and recommended a European insurer/money manager. The stock is dirt-cheap, selling for low earnings, under book value and paying over eight percent annual dividends! Then wham! The Euro-area says no more dividends from financial companies until at least September. We’ve just experienced political risk from a stable, developed area. Not good. This must be how French bank investors felt during the 1980s when banks were taken over. This kind of risk is usually seen in emerging areas and this is not healthy for investment. So what does money do? Flies to stability. Where’s relative stability? In the good ole US of A. I’m really not banging the patriotic drum here, it’s just the reality of the markets. As usual, it’s a popRONALD S. PHILLIPS

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Anything can happen. Hey, maybe the domestic markets keep trucking. Yet they do seem richly valued. They’re nowhere near the excesses of the dot-com or real estate bubbles, though. I’d say slightly higher than is healthy and also out of whack due to the times. ularity contest and we’re the belle of the ball. U.S MARKET IS RISING BUT OVERVALUED Anything can happen. Hey, maybe the domestic markets keep trucking. Yet they do seem richly valued.

They’re nowhere near the excesses of the dot-com or real estate bubbles, though. I’d say slightly higher than is healthy and also out of whack due to the times. The economy and corporate earnings WILL get back to records and the market will deserve to be priced high.

For now, it might be more prudent to hold some cash, sell gains (but keep positions if you have them) and even buy monthly if you’re regularly doing that anyway. If we do have a pull-back you’ll be happy to have some extra cash to buy at better pricing. The Fed is buying corporate bonds and foreign money has already followed. Maybe that’s the next area to investigate? Happy hunting. Written on 06-29-2020 Ronald S. Phillips is a Pueblo native and an independent financial advisor. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719) 220-3005. Visit or email

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today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?” After a lengthy pause to have the question sink in, I continue. “I know your bed isn’t a Serta Perfect Sleeper, but did you thank the Lord for a bed to sleep in? Did you thank Him yesterday for water to drink or for a new day or that you woke up from sleep? Did you thank Him for sleep? Or legs to walk on? Did you thank Him for the air you breathe?” And this one always brings raised eyebrows. “Look around. Did you thank Him for clothes? What if you didn’t?” Laughter erupts. What about you? Before this pandemic and lockdown, did you thank the Lord for the privilege of visiting family members and friends or shopping freely without a mask? How many Sundays have we gone to church and not bothered or even considered thanking God for that privilege? Other things we have taken for granted - water, air, fruit and the weirdest of all things taken for granted . . . toilet paper! A brilliant Wisdom Clips post tugged at my heartstrings. A hunter became lost and wondered for three

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days without food. Depressed and discouraged, he lost all hope and was afraid he would die of starvation when an apple tree caught his eye. He ran to the tree, plucked an apple and bit into it. The taste was delightful, and the juice quenched his thirst. He was so grateful to God for the food. Joy and praise flooded his heart and spilled out his mouth. He could not stop thanking God. He ate another apple and then another. With each apple he became less grateful. When he was eating his fifth apple it was not good at all. By the tenth apple he became angry and started throwing the apples and complaining to God. He had taken for granted the gift of finding an apple tree in the middle of the forest. If the 10th apple gives less pleasure than the first apple, there is nothing wrong with the apple but with the person eating the fruit. It’s called the 10th apple effect or taking things for granted. America and most of the world have been living in the 10th apple effect for many years. Taking too much for granted. Complaining about the traffic, job, people, government, food and more. This lockdown is an awakening to things taken for granted. A story of a 73-year-old man in Italy who became ill with Coronavirus puts this into perspective. He was put in the hospital and on a ventilator. When the doctor told him he would have to pay 5,000 euro for daily for the use of the ventilator, he began to cry. The doctor told him they would work it out and not to cry. He said, “I am not crying about the money. I have money to pay. I am crying because for 73 years I have breathed God’s air and not once thanked Him for air. Now it costs 5,000 euro to use a ventilator for one day. Do you realize how much I owe God?” We should make a list of things we failed to thank God for in the past, things we took for granted. Perhaps we should daily live in the first apple effect, praising God for all He gives from the least to the most. You know! Like our family, church, home, clothes and toilet paper. Rethink the question. “What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?” “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:15 NIV). “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). © 2020 Jan McLaughlin, all rights reserved. Jan McLaughlin is Director of Prayer For Prisoners International and can be reached by e-mail – or by phone 719-275-6971



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GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."

Changelings. The very name evokes primitive fears and unknown issues in the realm of the faerie. When you scratch the surface, most humans share the same common ancient fears‌ the loss of a loved one, especially a child. The idea of the changelings stealing a child away, possibly forever, and thereafter leave a horribly altered substitute in its place is one of the most sinister traditions in Irish folklore. Why would a faerie steal a human child? Many believed that faerie babies were ugly, and troublesome, unlike the human offspring who were docile and beautiful. Faeries love music and beauty, but not only babies were at risk, but also handsome young men and women. Therefore in Ireland it's common to exchange an elderly dying faerie for a baby. Many believed that faeries need mortal food to survive. Possibly the most sinis-

ter purpose for stealing a human child originates from ancient Scottish traditions. Scots believed that faeries had dealt with the devil, and every seven years they owed a contribution, a favor, a tax. Although legend has it that the devil demanded a blood sacrifice, which appalled the faerie population. The refused to kill one of their own. This is where the abductions enter the scenario. Cross breeding was another motive for snatching. Blood lines were eventually in distress by being drained, and the solution was the kidnapping of a human, which allowed injection of fresh blood into their clan's people. Whatever the reasons for this bizarre behavior, parents barely determined the change in their child. Their bonny baby suddenly became ill and failed to thrive as before. Extraordinary appetites revealed the presence of a

changeling. Sickly and pale, these substitutes could cry constantly. They would misbehave, and possibly be unable to talk. As if all this isn't unnerving enough, another belief is that faeries may enchant a block of wood, or a lump of wax instead. Carved in the child's image the enchantment soon wears off, and the 'child' would die revealing its real appearance. Throwing a log on the fire was thought to immediately restore the child to its original appearance. Even in this day and age, many in Europe, and Great Britain, Scandinavians and Germans included, believe that baptizing the baby as soon as possible would prevent a faerie kidnapping. Enemies of the faeries such as tongs or scissors would be placed near the crib in days of old. The Irish were harshly cautioned not to 'overlook' the baby.

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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Complaint Department Car buyer Da Tong Yang of Richmond, British Columbia, became so frustrated with his local Mercedes-Benz dealership that in January he flew to the company's

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a year later, the couple claimed, the steering wheel locked, causing the car to nearly crash into a concrete wall. Mercedes-Benz said an "internal electrical issue" was at fault and assured the couple it was fixed. Yang wasn't convinced, demanded his money back or a replacement car, then sued the company when it declined. The case has languished in court, prompting Yang's trip to Stuttgart in early June "to find justice, not only for him but also for other drivers," he told the Richmond News. Despite his personal appearance, litigation is still underway. [Richmond News, 6/8/2020] No Good Deed Goes Unpunished An unnamed 66-year-old woman in Ewing, New Jersey, gave $1 to a man begging in a drugstore parking lot on June 18 and became the victim of a carjacking, according to the Associated Press. Ewing police said Tomasz Dymek, 31, of Queens, New York, "was not satisfied with the dollar, so he forced his way into the victim's vehicle and drove from the lot, sitting on top of her in the driver's seat." Witnesses alerted police, who followed Dymek into Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, where

the car broke down and officers arrested him. [Associated Press, 6/19/2020] Bright Idea Bradley Bell, head writer for "The Bold and the Beautiful," told the New York Post the show is experimenting with using blowup dolls in love scenes as the daytime soap, in hiatus since March, resumed taping on June 17. Challenged to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, Bell said, "We put our heads together trying to figure out a way to make these scenes work without breaking the 8-foot (distancing) rule ... and we brought out a doll we used years ago as a corpse." The result, he said, "was very convincing ... We'll be using her with hair and makeup as a stand-in to match some of our leading ladies." The show has also recruited some of the actors' spouses as body doubles. "We've had stunt doubles before," Bell said, "but this is the first time we've had kissing doubles." [New York Post, 6/17/2020]

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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL Florida, contacted police about a distress call coming from an aircraft. Officers already at the airport trying to locate a car they believed had been stolen from Daytona Beach found Robert Stienstra, 22, of DeBary, Florida, sitting in the airplane on the airport apron, according to an arrest report. Stienstra asked an officer whether he knew how to fly a plane, the report stated, then explained that he had recently purchased the aircraft (valued at $1 million) for $20,000 and needed to fly to California to take marijuana and meet his girlfriend. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that along with a bag of weed, Stienstra had in his possession a glass pipe with remnants of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. New Smyrna Beach

police charged Stienstra with grand theft over $100,000; he was also wanted by Daytona Beach police on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle. [Daytona Beach News-Journal, 6/22/2020] News That Sounds Like a Joke After falling asleep following a 10-bottle beer-drinking binge, and failing to heed nature's call for 18 hours, a 40-year-old Chinese man identified as Mr. Hu was diagnosed with a burst bladder, the New York Post reported on June 23. The man appeared at Zhuji People's Hospital in Zhejiang, China, complaining of searing abdominal pain, and doctors discovered three tears in his bladder, one of which had caused his intestines to spill into the bladder. Mr. Hu underwent emergency

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surgery and was able to recover. Zhuji officials said while bladder rupture is rare, they see at least one such patient every year. [New York Post, 6/23/2020] The Litigious Society The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kris Hedstrom of Odessa, Florida, filed suit against her neighbor, Heather Dayner, in late May, demanding a paternity test for the five goats she purchased from Dayner or a full refund. Hedstrom bought the five Nigerian Dwarf goats -- Bella, Gigi, Rosie, Zelda and Margoat -- in December, paying $900, and expected to register them with the American Dairy Goat Association, according to the lawsuit. Registered goats have higher value than nonregistered goats. But the ADGA de-

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with us, it's $130, so if you have that money we'll be able to post and we'll be able to get you right back out.” He offered to drop her at the university, saying, “You really shouldn't be driving because of your suspended license.” He informed her that police are required to cuff anyone being transported to the station and assured her that no one would have to know. As for not being allowed to make a phone call, he clearly told her that once they got to the station, “You can make as many phone calls and texts as you want.” A policeman was kind to her, so Perry turned around and accused him of racism, secure in the knowledge that no one would dare challenge whatever she said. It would have been firing offense for him, but not for her. She is still gainfully employed as a Princeton professor -- and a sought-after guest on MSNBC and NPR! (It must be because of her “small build.”) There are dozens of these cases. Tweet me your favorites! Here’s another, from one of our blessed immigrants, Minati Roychoudhuri, professor at Capital Community College in Connecticut. (Really! That’s not one of my proposed new names for Yale, currently named for a slave trader.) In 2015, Roychoudhuri (B.A., M.A., Utkal University, India) wrote a letter to the commissioner of public safety, as well as “the Senator and Legislator of my constituency” (she teaches English), claiming a policeman had racially profiled her. Her letter said: "The officer did not give me any reason as to why had stopped me. His asking if I could speak English shows that he had racially profiled me and was not able to give me a concrete reason for stopping me. Further, the officer had checked ‘Hispanic' in the race category in the infraction ticket." The professor also noted that, “I teach about diversity and the negative impact of racial profiling, I have now become a target of the same insidious behavior! It is easy to connect the dots with the nationwide racial profiling which has led to serious consequences.”


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FOR A HEALTHIER YOU Lighten Up This Summer–Here’s How MANY PEOPLE LOOK forward to the

mild temperatures and increased daylight of summer, which positively affect their mood and allow new opportunities for enjoyment, especially outdoors. Those who are looking LISA M. PETSCHE after a frail, ill or disabled Medical social worker senior relative, however, and freelance writer may be so preoccupied that they find it hard to reap the benefits of the season. If you are a caregiver, read on for a variety of ideas for streamlining necessary tasks in order to ensure some time for leisure this summer. Ideas for activities to enjoy with your relative are also included. Some are contingent on regional, COVID-19 pandemic-related protocols. General Tips Establish and stick to priorities, and curb perfectionism. Not everything needs to be done to a high standard. Set a time limit for chores if necessary. Be flexible about plans and expectations, taking into account your relative’s energy level and yours at any given time, as well as the weather. Take things one day at a time. Pay for a grounds keeping service if you can afford it. If you don’t have central air conditioning, get a window air conditioner or oscillating fan for the room(s) you use most. Before a heat wave hits, check that any such appliances are in good repair.

Or, if feasible, take your relative out to the local dairy bar for an ice cream cone or sundae. Shopping and Errands Run errands and schedule appointments early in the day, before temperatures peak. Shop by mail order whenever possible. Take advantage of stores and other services that offer home delivery. Research mobile services in your area, such as hairdressing and foot care for your relative, and dog grooming, especially if transportation is an issue. Ideas for Activities The following are some ideas for enjoying quality time together. Have morning coffee or evening tea on the balcony, deck or patio, as applicable. Cook favorite foods on the grill. Watch a favorite summer-themed movie. Have a picnic in your backyard or at a nearby park. Go for a stroll around the neighborhood, using a wheelchair if necessary. Take your relative to the local farmers’ market for fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as favorite meat, cheeses and baked goods. Go to an accessible park or other outdoor public space and people-watch.

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Reschedule Postponed Mammogram DURING THE 'STAY at home’ order, life slowed down and appointments got moved. If your annual mammogram screening fell into this time period, it’s time to reschedule this important appointment. Across Centura, there remains a 35% decline in mammography screenings which worries caregivers about long-term impact. Centura Health-St. Thomas More Hospital wants to remind our patients and communities that all of their health care needs, whether life-threatening conditions or annual screenings, can be treated safely and is encouraged during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Thomas More is taking added precautions to assure the safety of our patients when coming in for any diagnostic imaging study, including mammography, x-rays, MRIs and more. “We believe a key reason that patients are slow to return is the fear of contracting COVID-19 in a health care setting,” stated Johanna Shearer, MBA, Director Imaging Services at St. Thomas More. “Across the country, people were encouraged to ‘stay at home’ which was the right message to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Now as the first wave of this pandemic is behind us, patients should remember the long-term importance of self-care, prevention and wellness visits.” According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: I pay my monthly premium directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider. Why can’t I also pay my income-related monthly adjustment amount directly to my Medicare prescription drug plan provider? Answer: By law, we must deduct your income-related monthly adjustment amount from your Social Security payments. If the amount you owe is more than the amount of your payment, or you don't get monthly payments, you will get a separate bill from another federal agency, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the Railroad Retirement Board. Read our publication, Medicare Premiums: Rules for Higher-Income Beneficiaries, for an idea of what you can expect to pay. You’ll find it at Question: I am applying for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs, you can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you apply for Extra Help, Social Security will send information to your state unless you tell us not to on the application. Your state will contact

you to help you apply for a Medicare Savings Program. Learn more about how Social Security can provide Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs by visiting Question: If I have a question about my Medicare bill, who should I contact? Answer: First, contact your provider. If you are unable to get your question answered or the problem resolved, then contact 1-800 MEDICARE (1800-633-4227). For more information about Medicare benefits, visit Question: I need to make changes to my Medicare prescription drug coverage. When can I do that? Answer: Open season for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage runs from October 15 to December 7. The Medicare Part D prescription drug program is available to all Medicare beneficiaries. Joining a Medicare prescription drug plan is voluntary and participants pay an additional monthly premium. If you are considering changing your plan, you might want to revisit the Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. If you have limited resources and income, you may also be eligible for Extra Help to pay monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-pay-

ments. Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. To find out more, visit For more information about the Medicare prescription drug program itself, visit www.medicare. gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). Question: I applied for Medicare benefits last week. How can I check the status of my application? Answer: You can check the status at our secure website,, but you must wait five days from the date you originally filed. You will need to enter your Social Security number and the confirmation number you received when you filed your application. Your application status also shows the date that we received your application, any requests for additional documents, the address of the office processing your application, and whether a decision has been made about your benefits. If you are unable to check your status online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Question: I will rely on Medicare when I retire. Can you explain the different parts of Medicare? Answer: The different parts of Medicare cover your specific needs. There are four parts, all of which work in tandem to deliver healthcare services. • Part A (hospital insurance): Hospital insurance helps pay for inpatient care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (following a hospital stay), some home health care, and hospice care. • Part B (medical insurance): Medical insurance helps pay for doctors’ services and many other medical services and supplies that hospital insurance doesn’t cover. • Part C (Medicare Advantage plans): If you have Medicare Parts A and B, you can join a Medicare Advantage plan. Private companies offer Medicare Advantage plans which are approved by Medicare. These plans generally help you pay the medical costs not covered by Medicare Part A and B. • Part D (prescription drug coverage): Prescription drug coverage helps pay for medications


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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU doctors prescribe for treatment. Question: I understand you must have limited resources to be eligible for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. What does this mean? Answer: Resources include the value of the things you own. Some examples are real estate (other than your primary residence); bank accounts, including checking, savings, and certificates of deposit; stocks; bonds, including United States Savings Bonds; mutual funds; Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA); and cash you have at home or anywhere else. To learn more about Extra Help, and to apply online, visit prescriptionhelp. Question: I lost my Medicare card. How can I get replacement? Answer: The easiest and newest way to get a replacement Medicare card is by using your my Social Security account. Go to for more information on how to create an account. You also can get a replacement Medicare card by calling us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Keep your card in a safe place. You don’t want anyone getting hold of your Social Security number. They could steal your identity.

Question: How do I terminate my Medicare Part B (medical insurance)? Answer: You can voluntarily terminate your Medicare Part B (medical insurance). Because this is a serious decision that could have negative ramifications for you in the future, you’ll need to have a personal interview with a Social Security representative first. The representative will help you complete Form CMS 1763. This form isn’t available online. To schedule your interview, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or contact your nearest Social Security office. For more information, go to Question: How do I apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs? Answer: You have several options for applying. You can: • Apply online by visiting prescriptionhelp; • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-3250778) to apply over the phone or request an application; or • Apply at any local Social Security office. Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Some people with

limited resources and income are eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs — monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments — related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. Learn more at www.socialsecurity. gov/medicare. Question: What can I do if my Medicare prescription drug plan says it won't pay for a drug that my doctor prescribed for me? Answer: If your Medicare prescription drug plan decides that it won't pay for a prescription drug, it must tell you in writing why the drug isn't covered in a letter called a "Notice of Denial of Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage." Read the notice carefully because it will explain how to ask for an appeal. Your prescribing doctor can ask your Medicare drug plan for an expedited redetermination (first level appeal) for you, if the doctor tells the plan that waiting for a standard appeal decision may seriously harm your health. For more information, visit Question: If I retire at age 62, will I be eligible for Medicare?

Answer: No. Medicare starts when you reach 65. If you retire at 62, you may be able to continue medical insurance coverage through your employer or purchase it from a private insurance company until you become eligible for Medicare. For more information see our publication, Medicare, at, or call us at 1-800772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Question: I want to apply for Medicare Part B medical insurance this year. When is the deadline to apply? Answer: If you didn’t sign up for Medicare Part B medical insurance when you first became eligible for Medicare, you have an opportunity to apply during the general enrollment period, which runs from January 1 through March 31 each year. If you miss the deadline, you may have to wait until next year to apply. Medicare Part B covers some medical expenses not covered by Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), such as doctors’ fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical supplies. You can learn more about Medicare by reading our electronic booklet, Medicare at www.socialsecurity. gov/pubs/10043.html.

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AS WE APPROACH this Fourth of July, we -- the heirs to the Declaration of Independence -- are engaged in nationwide introspection on the nature of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness� nearly two and a half centuries after those seven words became an uplifting shorthand for the American creed. In the wake of the police killings in Minneapolis and Atlanta, and with a surge of support for new protections and equal opportunities for Black Americans, people across the country are examining their own communities, their own practices, their own beliefs and their own hearts. In an earlier time, those reflections were prompted by the soaring rhetoric of July 4th addresses, often issued from town bandstands or in local assembly halls. John Quincy Adams on Independence Day

1821, for example, spoke of how the nation great," said the World War II American Revolution “swept away war hero John F. Kennedy on July all the rubbish of accumulated cen4, 1946, months before he would be turies of servitude." elected to his first term in Congress. In 1876, the centenary of the “It is well for us to recall them today, signing of the Declaration, his son, for this is a day of recollection and a Charles Francis Adams, issued day of hope.� a plea that “the rights to life and For Kennedy it was a day, too, of liberty and the pursuit of happiness, commemoration. In the audience which we have honorably secured, was John F. Fitzgerald, known in his may be firmly entailed upon the time and in historical lore as "Honever enlarging generations of maney Fitz," a onetime member of the kind." Some 110 years later, Ronald Boston Common Council, a mayor Reagan, in words Americans might of Boston, and a House member appreciate and appropriate today, during the administrations of both said, “Tonight, with heart and hand, William McKinley and William through whatever trial and travail, Howard Taft. we pledge ourselves to each other Exactly a half-century earlier, and to the cause of human freedom, Kennedy’s grandfather had given an the cause that has given light to this Independence Day address in that land and hope to the world.� Most of the Independence Day 617%*+0) ,'575 +0 24+510 speeches of our American past /+55+10 12214670+6+'5 have faded with the paper they are printed on -- some of the originals 9*#6'8'4 ;17 &+& (14 10' 1( 6*' .'#56 1( 6*'5' $416*'45 1( /+0' are available in faint type on the ;17 &+& (14 /' } internet, proof that eternal virtues can live through eternity -- but x :256+,3 6(59,&(6 ,1 35,6216 their message seems fresh in our x 24+510 $+$.' 567&+'5 national time of tumult and introx 52'%+(+% 24#;'4 (14 24+510'45 spection. x %144'5210&'0%' /+0+564; One of those addresses that has x %*4+56/#5 %#4& 1764'#%* disappeared from memory was x (4''&1/ 9#.- 0'95.'66'4 delivered in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, 94+66'0 $; #0& (14 24+510'45 known as the “cradle of liberty" but named for a Massachusetts *'.2 .19'4 4'%+&+8+5/ Colonial trader who both held and

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