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What to Know About Your New Medicare Card

If there is a way to scam you out of money, thieves will be all over it. Unfortunately this is happening with the rollout of the new Medicare cards. Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. By April 2019, all Medicare participants will receive a replacement insurance card with a new, unique number. […]

Who Needs Your Social Security Number? (And When to Refuse to Give it Out)

Recently, as my daughter was deciding which college she will attend next fall, I was looking over the various schools’ acceptance forms. Many asked for her Social Security number.  I told Gabriella not to give the school her number. “Why?” she asked. “Because they have no legal right to it,” I said. Your Social Security […]

Equifax Breach & Protecting Yourself

Note: This is a guest blog originally posted by my colleague Alison Salisbury, President and Founder of Fiscally Fit, Inc. in Los Altos, California.  Between Equifax and the Yahoo breaches, millions of Americans and billions of accounts were exposed. Rather than rant and rave about how security violations happen, I’d like to focus on how […]

How to Protect Yourself Following the Equifax Data Breach

It is estimated about 143 million Americans had their personal information stolen during a data breech at Equifax earlier this year. This is just about half of the population of the United States. Essentially, any individual with a credit report is potentially impacted. Equifax is one of the three major credit reporting agencies.  These agencies […]

When Parents Reject Your Ideas

Trying to help parents with their finances can be frustrating. We may see clearly what we think our parents should do, yet they may refuse. When it comes to parents and their money, adult children need to tread lightly. Parents may resent their children’s interference. They may fear they will lose their independence. We need […]

Managing a Loved One’s Social Security Benefits

When you are managing the finances for a parent who receives Social Security benefits, you may need to become her “Representative Payee.” Social Security does not recognize guardianships, conservatorships or powers of attorneys. If you handle your family member’s money with one of these documents and you need to manage her Social Security benefits, you […]

Navigating the Unfathomable Complexities of Medicare

More than 95 percent of Americans aged 65 and older depend on Medicare for their health insurance coverage. With over 55 million people utilizing Medicare, you would think it would be simple to navigate. But, it is not. “There can be little about Medicare that is automatic or clear or, especially in the midst of […]

Social Security: Not Your Private Retirement Account

Many people think, when they pay Social Security taxes, the government holds their money in a personal retirement account for them. This is not so. Social Security is a “pay-as-you-go” social insurance program. Payroll taxes paid by today’s workers and their employers are used to pay the people currently receiving benefits. When today’s workers retire, […]