Friday, December 6, 2013

How to get duplicate Social Security Card

Did you lose your social security card?  
Do you need a replacement card for social security.

As per SSA.gov, you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. 

To get a replacement card please visit the following link

Click here to order duplicate or replace social security card

Courtsey SSA.gov

Health Care Law Webinars

Webinars on the Health Care Law

November and December 2013

The HHS Partnership Center has updated webinars on the health care law for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.

To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at ACA101@hhs.gov  if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law. All webinars are one hour.

Please note that the first 1,000 people who join each webinar at the start time are able to attend. If there is significant interest in a webinar, we will do our best to schedule another session. If possible, please use your computer speakers to listen to the audio portion of the webinar.



Monday, November 25 at 4:00 pm ET


A presentation on the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance and key websites with resources on the law will be shared. We will end with a question and answer session. Please send any questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to November 25 at noon ET.




Thursday, December 5 at 4:00 pm ET


A presentation on the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance and key websites with resources on the law will be shared. We will end with a question and answer session. Please send any questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to December 5 at noon ET.




Thursday, December 5 at 1:00pm ET


According to the Census Bureau, nearly 16 million Hispanics are uninsured. When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


Wednesday, December 11 at 3:30 pm ET
According to the Census Bureau, nearly 16 million Hispanics are uninsured. When key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there will be a new way for individuals, families and small businesses to get health insurance. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


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Organizado por el Centro para las Asociaciones Religiosas y Comunitarias del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos

11 de Diciembre 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET

Para inscribirse para participar en la presentaciόn, haga clic aquí

Después de inscribirse usted recibirá un correo electrόnico de con más informaciόn sobre la presentaciόn.

Por favor envίe sus preguntas, comentarios y sugerencias a ACA101@hhs.gov



Tuesday, December 17 at 4:00 pm ET


A presentation on the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the health care law. Information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance and key websites with resources on the law will be shared. We will end with a question and answer session. Please send any questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to December 17 at noon ET.




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Social Security Check Dates

When does Social Security pay benefits? 

Social Security pays retirement and spouse's benefits the month after they are due to start. For example, if your benefit start month is May, we will pay May's benefit in June.
The exact payment date is determined by the birthday of the retired worker.
For example, if the retired worker's date of birth is on:
  • The 1st thru 10th - we pay the benefits on the second Wednesday of the month
  • The 11th thru 20th - we pay the benefits on the third Wednesday of the month
  • The 21st thru 31st - we pay the benefits on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
If your regularly scheduled Social Security check is due on a weekend or holiday, you will receive it on the preceding business day.


Courtesy SSA.gov

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Social Security payments to Same-Sex Couples.


Statement of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
on Payments to Same-Sex Couples



“I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due.  The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, made just over a month ago, helps to ensure that all Americans are treated fairly and equally, with the dignity and respect they deserve.  
We continue to work closely with the Department of Justice.  In the coming weeks and months, we will develop and implement additional policy and processing instructions.  We appreciate the public’s patience as we work through the legal issues to ensure that our policy is legally sound and clear. 
I encourage individuals who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits to apply now, to protect against the loss of any potential benefits. We will process claims as soon as additional instructions become finalized.”
To learn more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014

Social Security Announces 1.5 Percent Benefit Increase for 2014
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced.
The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2013.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $117,000 from $113,700.  Of the estimated 165 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2014, about 10 million will pay higher taxes as a result of the increase in the taxable maximum. 
Information about Medicare changes for 2014 is available at www.Medicare.gov
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola


An Update on the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Dept. of Health & Human Services
It has been three weeks since the start of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, where Americans, regardless of income or health status, can find quality, affordable health coverage. The launch of the Marketplace website, HealthCare.gov, has been rocky but we are working tirelessly to make the online process better.
And we are taking other steps to meet the consumer demand for affordable health insurance. There are four basic ways to apply for health coverage through the Marketplace, and I want to tell you about them.
  • Apply online. Visit HealthCare.gov to get started.
  • Apply by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 to apply for a health insurance plan and enroll over the phone. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
  • Apply in person. Visit a trained counselor in your community to get information and apply in person. Find help in your area at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
  • Apply by mail. Complete a paper application and mail it in.  You can download the paper application form and instructions from HealthCare.gov.
Before you choose a plan, you may want to explore your options.  You can use this calculator to see if you qualify for lower costs on coverage and preview Marketplace plans here.
More people are applying and getting covered every day, and I often hear how the Marketplace has helped them.  It’s one of the best parts of my job.  Here are some of their stories:
  • Last week while on the road in Ohio, I met Keith Deaton, a Cincinnati realtor. Because of a preexisting condition, Keith has struggled to find health insurance that meets his family’s budget.  When I spoke with him, he told me how excited he was to be able to shop for a plan that’s a better fit for him and his family.
  • Daniel, a student from Florida, was able to find high quality insurance for $70 dollars a month through HealthCare.gov.  Affordable coverage is critical to students like Daniel who have to protect their health on a limited budget.

106,185 Americans selected health plans in first reporting period of open enrollment

 106,185 Americans selected health plans in first reporting period of open enrollment

Detailing results of the first reporting period (Oct. 1-Nov. 2, 2013) of the Health Insurance Marketplace’s Open Enrollment, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that 106,185 individuals have selected plans from the Marketplace, and another 975,407 have made it through the process by applying and receiving an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected a plan.  An additional 396,261 have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Federal or Civilian Workers Living in Maryland MD

 Federal Civilian Employees Working in Maryland

If you are a civilian employee of the Federal government working in Maryland, filing for unemployment insurance benefits due to the Federal shutdown, you may file your claim on-line using the Federal Civilian Employee Application for Benefits. This application has been designed solely for those Federal employees unemployed due to the Federal shutdown and will only be available during the shutdown period.
To avoid long wait times due to anticipated high volume of claims being filed, you are encouraged to file your claim on-line. However, if you do not have internet access, claims may also be filed by telephone Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
NOTE: If Federal employees are later paid for time not worked, the payment will be considered back pay and it will result in an overpayment of any unemployment insurance benefits paid.

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml

Courtesy :  Maryland Department of Labor.

Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Federal or Civilian Workers Living in Virginia VA

*** Attention Federal Employees Who Have Been Furloughed Effective October 1, 2013 ***

If you are an employee of the Federal Government who has been separated from your job due to the Federal Government Shutdown that occurred during the week beginning September 28, 2013, please read this Question and Answer sheet for additional information and instructions regarding filing a claim for unemployment compensation benefits in Virginia.  After reading this informational sheet, if you determine that your official Duty Station was located in Virginia, please print and complete this paper application and return it to the address shown on the Question and Answer sheet along with your proof of earnings as requested.

http://www.vec.virginia.gov/

Courtesy: Virginia Employment Commission

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pre Existing Conditions and Obama Care

Read more details about coverage if you have pre existing conditions in the new Affordable Care Health law.
What if I have a pre-existing health condition?  Please click the link below to find more details.https://www.healthcare.gov/what-if-i-have-a-pre-existing-health-condition/

Am I eligible for Obama Care or Affordable Health Care Act, Apply for Insurance.

You want to apply for  Obama Care Check out this web site to find out details about Affordable Health Care Act also known as Obama Care.
You can find details, premiums and other online information.

https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SHARE THIS: 53 Options for Better Health

 A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that in state after state, consumers will see increased competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace, leading to new and affordable choices for consumers. According to the report, consumers will be able to choose from an average of 53 health plans in the Marketplace, and the vast majority will have a choice of at least two different health insurance companies - usually more.  

Learn more.

Significant choice and lower than expected premiums available in the new Health Insurance Marketplace

Significant choice and lower than expected premiums available in the new Health Insurance Marketplace
A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that in state after state, consumers will see increased competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace, leading to new and affordable choices for consumers.

Marketplace open enrollment : Go To HealthCare.gov

 Get info, get ready for Marketplace open enrollment. 

Learn more.
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Disability.gov Update: What Is The Health Insurance Marketplace?

What Is The Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options. With one Marketplace application, you can learn if you can get lower costs based on your income, compare your coverage options side-by-side and enroll. Find help and information near you about applying for health coverage, or call 1-800-318-2596 or 1-855-889-4325 (TTY).


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Disability.gov Update: The Affordable Care Act: Being Sick Won’t Keep You from Getting Health Coverage

The Affordable Care Act: Being Sick Won’t Keep You from Getting Health Coverage          

Starting in 2014, health insurance plans can't refuse to cover you or charge you more just because you have a pre-existing health condition. Be sure not to miss open enrollment which begins tomorrow, October 1. Your coverage will start as soon as January 1, 2014.

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For more information read How does the Affordable Care Act help people like me?

Find a good fit Affordable Care- Health Exchange

 A good fit meets your budget. A good fit meets your needs. Learn more at HealthCare.gov.
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U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down.

During the shutdown, USA.gov will not be updated, but the website will be available. You can also get answers to government questions by calling 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636), 8 AM - 8 PM (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.

The federal government will remain shut down until Congress and the President pass a funding bill.

Learn the status of government services during the shutdown.

Share: The Marketplace is Now Open for Business

 HealthCare.gov is open for business. Share this and let your friends and family know they can #GetCovered today.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Small Business Tax Credit Obama Care Health Plan

As per healthcare.gov you may qualify for employer health care tax credits if you have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees making an average of about $50,000 a year or less.

To qualify for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, you must pay at least 50% of your full-time employees' premium costs. You don’t need to offer coverage to your part-time employees or to dependents.

Starting in 2014, the tax credit is worth up to 50% of your contribution toward employees' premium costs (up to 35% for tax-exempt employers).

Obama Care Health Plan for Small Businesses.

Key dates for Obama Care Health Insurance Market Place.

There are 3 key dates you'll want to mark on your calendar:
  • October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment starts
  • January 1, 2014: Health coverage can start
  • March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends

Obama Care Marketplace insurance will start enrolling on Oct 31, 2013

According to healthcare.gov, the prices of Marketplace plans have not been set yet. Prices will be available October 1, 2013, when open enrollment starts and you can begin shopping.

Starting in October, when you use the Marketplace to compare plans you’ll see prices for all plans available to you. Prices will show any cost savings you may be eligible for based on your income.

Until October 1, you can find a rough estimate of costs and savings by using the Kaiser Family Foundation calculator.

Getting Covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Steps to getting covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Courtesy Healthcare.gov

You can apply for health coverage, compare all your options, and enroll in a plan in one streamlined application through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

When open enrollment begins October 1, 2013, you can fill out your application and see the health coverage options available to you.

1. Create an account

First provide some basic information. Then choose a user name, password, and security questions for added protection.
2. Apply for Marketplace coverage

Enter information about you and your family, including your income, household size, and more. Use this checklist now to help you gather the information you’ll need.
3. Pick a plan

Next you’ll see all the health insurance plans and programs you’re eligible for and compare them side-by-side. You’ll also find out if you can get lower costs on Marketplace coverage.
4. Enroll

Choose a health insurance plan that meets your needs and enroll! Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Obama care and What if I have a pre-existing health condition?

Are you confused?  I hear about Obama care, national health care, health care exchanges but where I can get help.  Check out below for more information.

https://www.healthcare.gov/what-if-i-have-a-pre-existing-health-condition/

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.
With one Marketplace application, you can learn if you can get lower costs based on your income, compare your coverage options side-by-side, and enroll.
Checkout on healthcare.gov

How Much Will a Family Save Under the New Federal Health Law?

Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, many individuals and families will be eligible to receive subsidized coverage in the Exchange if they are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program and are not offered affordable coverage through their employer.
Calculate Your Costs
Find out how much your health insurance might cost and if you may be eligible for financial help by using our cost-estimate calculator.

  1. Enter household size and income for all individuals included on your tax return (yourself and spouse and dependents, if applicable).
  2. Enter age information only for those household members who need coverage.
  3. This interactive calculator estimates how much eligible individuals and families will spend on premiums for an Exchange health plan under the law. The calculator also indicates income-eligibility for Medicaid in states that choose to expand eligibility, including Washington.
The estimated tax credit from the government shown below indicates the amount a family will save on monthly premiums, compared to what they would pay in the individual market without subsidies. Premiums are an average for a "silver plan" in Washington state, but individuals can choose to purchase a more generous or less generous plan. Silver plans offer a more generous level of benefits than most plans in the current individual market.


Controlling norovirus

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Getting norovirus is common. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Aron Hall says the virus, which is the leading cause of foodborne illness, spreads easily.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Guide to Home and Community-based Services in Texas Now Available

Guide to Home and Community-based Services in Texas Now Available

Do families of children with disabilities ask you for help finding services and supports for their children in their own homes and communities?

Do you know adults with disabilities who need support so they can get or keep a job? Live independently? Transition from a public school special education program?

Do you know people who are elderly and want to get services and supports in their own homes rather than in a nursing home?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, HHSC has developed a guide you can use in talking with families, youth and adults with disabilities, and people who are elderly about home and community-based services that may be available to them through Texas Medicaid. This guide, “Home and Community-based Services: Which Programs Do What?” provides information about six programs that provide home and community-based services. These programs are sometimes called “Medicaid waivers” or “waiver services.”

You can download it in both English and Spanish .


Health care law saves consumers $1.2 billion nationwide

 A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that 6.8 million consumers saved an estimated $1.2 billion on health insurance premiums in 2012, due to the “rate review” provision of the Affordable Care Act, which brought unprecedented accountability to slow the growth of health insurance premiums.  The Affordable Care Act, along with state efforts, continues to bring scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases and is saving consumers real money as a result.
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STAR+PLUS Enrollment Letters Sent in Error

An error resulted in STAR+PLUS enrollment packets being sent to some Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) waiver clients. The letters told the clients they needed to choose a plan because they would soon move into STAR+PLUS. These clients are getting a letter correcting this mistake. The new letter will say:   

"We recently sent you a letter that said you would soon be in the Medicaid STAR+PLUS program. We sent you this letter by mistake. You do not need to take any action because of this. You will not be enrolled in STAR+PLUS at this time, even if you picked a medical plan and doctor." 

HHSC also has directed the vendor that made the mistake to call affected clients to explain what happened. For questions, call 1-800-964-2777.
 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

HHS awards $12 million to help Teaching Health Centers train primary care providers

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $12 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 32 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. Funding will help train more than 300 residents during the 2013-2014 academic year, doubling the number of residents trained in the previous academic year.

Don't Pay for Benefits - The Government Won’t Call to Ask for Money

Message by


 USA.gov

We recently received a comment on Facebook from a woman who said the U.S. Federal Government Grants Department called and claimed she needed to pay more than $600 in order to receive federal benefits totaling $8,000. She paid the money, never got the $8,000 and asked us how to get a refund of her money.
The phone call was a scam. The Federal Government Grants Department doesn't exist. More importantly, the government will never call or text you to ask for money.
Even though the woman wrote down the phone number of the caller, it can be hard to trace it back to a real person because of tricks like caller ID spoofing. This means that she probably won't be able to get her money back.
Be suspicious of any call, text, or e-mail that claims to be from the government. Scammers often use names that sound like real government agencies but aren't. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, has more tips on spotting fake callers who pretend to be the government.
You can find the official names and contact information for federal government agencies in our A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. Don't hesitate to contact the agency that claims you owe them money. Be sure to use the contact information listed in the A-Z Index and not the contact information the caller or e-mail provides.
If you do get scammed, then you should file a complaint with the FTC and your state's consumer agency.


The anti-cancer vaccine

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Made in the USA: A Celebration of American Inventions

Happy 4th of July!
In celebration of the 4th of July, we’ve been highlighting throughout the week four prominent American inventions from each century since the founding of our country.
We’ve featured inventions that helps us now dive deep into the ocean; impacts the way the world communicates today; helps more than 2 billion people learn, communicate, shop, bank, and protest, and brings a critical beat to life.

Check out the USA.gov Blog to read about these four great American inventions. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#madeintheusa, #july4).

Social Security Administration Weekly Digest Bulletin


Affordable Health Care
06/24/2013
Message resent with correct link
Need health insurance or know someone who does? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budgets. Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to get more information. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call 1-855-889-4325.

Obama administration releases final rules on employment-based wellness programs

 Obama administration releases final rules on employment-based wellness programs
May 29, 2013
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury continued to move forward to implement the health care law today, by issuing final rules on employment-based wellness programs.
Read the Press Release >>

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moving? Report Your Change of Address

If you've recently moved or plan to move, be sure to report your change of address with government agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, the Social Security Administration, and your state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

Reporting your change of address will help ensure that you receive your mail, including government benefits and correspondence.

If you're planning a move, visit ProtectYourMove.gov for tips on how to choose reputable movers and avoid fraud.



Check Your Credit Report -- It's Free!

You are entitled to a FREE credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) once every 12 months. You can request all three reports at once, or space them out throughout the year.

Why It's Important

It's important to ensure that your personal information and financial accounts are being accurately reported and that no fraudulent accounts have been initiated in your name. Errors on your credit report can negatively affect your credit score.

What To Do If You Find Errors

Follow instructions on the credit report that explain how to dispute errors. If errors have not been corrected after you've disputed them with the credit reporting agency, you can file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Get more information about disputing errors on your credit report.
 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Learn How Investor.gov Can Help You

Investor.gov was designed with the individual investor in mind. Find out how Investor.gov can help you:

Investor.gov is brought to you by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.