In the course of human events, many things need fixing. One of them is the cost of Medicare, climbing rapidly as baby boomers enroll in large numbers.We can argue over how to contain this major federal expense, and we should. But assigning blame for the problem on anyone...
Date: 11/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON - Republicans are openly feuding over whether to seek drastic changes to Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs, risking a potentially damaging intraparty battle ahead of the 2016 elections.
Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World
The 121,000 people who receive Social Security benefits in Snohomish County will be getting a rude non-surprise on Jan. 1. That's because they will not see any COLA increase in their Social Security checks. Why not? The COLA, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, accounts...
Date: 11/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Married couples have no shortage of options for deciding when to collect Social Security benefits.But the budget deal that President Obama signed into law Monday gets rid of one of the key strategies that has increased lifetime Social Security benefits by...
Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they are short of the votes for raising the debt limit and avoiding a first-ever government default. With barely a week before deadline, there's no plan on what to do.It's a huge problem for House Speaker John Boehner and a...
Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire
The Social Security Administration has advised recipients that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment to their benefits in 2016.
Date: 10/23/2015 | Business columnists
WASHINGTON — Washington is barreling toward a deadline to raise the government's borrowing cap and avert a first-ever default on U.S. payments, but there's no sign yet on Capitol Hill of a viable solution.Instead, the Republican-controlled House is moving ahead on tea...
Date: 10/21/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said Thursday.It’s just the third time in 40 years that payments will remain flat. All three times have come since 2010.
Date: 10/15/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population.They can blame low gas prices.
Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World
Every year, Americans give up thousands of dollars of income by filing for Social Security benefits too early. If you’re anywhere near retirement, or want to help guide your parents, here’s how to think about when to file-a once-in-a-lifetime decision with huge financial consequences.
Date: 09/20/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Wealthy and middle-class Baby Boomers can expect to live substantially longer than their parents' generation. Meanwhile, life expectancy for the poor hasn't increased and may even be declining, according to a report published this week by several leading...
Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World
As the Donald Trump jamboree has played on — and blown out amps — some progressive thinkers have started to see its upside.
Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age.Social Security's disability fund is projected to run dry next year. The retirement fund has enough money to pay full benefits until 2035. But once the...
Date: 08/14/2015 | Business Wire
Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...
Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government’s largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.
Date: 08/10/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Hackers linked to China appear to have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, several U.S. officials said Friday, describing a second cyberbreach of federal records that could...
Date: 06/12/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said Thursday, asserting that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged.Sen.
Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON - Hackers working for the Chinese state breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, U.S. officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been...
Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Elfriede Rinkel’s past as a Nazi concentration camp guard didn’t keep her from collecting nearly $120,000 in American Social Security benefits.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At some moment this year a U.S. baby boomer will die and, if census forecasts are right, the generation born between 1946 and 1964 will no longer be the nation’s largest.
Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio’s toughest political opponent may be math.
Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Puerto Rico's residents qualified for federal disability benefits in recent years because they lacked fluency in English, according to government auditors.The Social Security Administration's inspector general questioned the policy this month...
Date: 04/11/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They're likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to...
Date: 03/21/2015 | Nation & World
If you're concerned about the sustainability of Social Security, you're not alone. Those who are far from retirement may wonder if Social Security benefits will be there for them at all. And, many people who are close to retirement or already retired are...
Date: 03/19/2015 | Business columnists
When it comes to retirement planning, there are two kinds of people: low-income Americans, who worry about saving enough money, and everybody else.That's the message of a survey out today from Bankrate, which asked 4,200 people last month why they weren't saving more for...
Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security’s disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign.
Date: 01/07/2015 | Nation & World
When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare again?Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services,...
Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire