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Dec. 5, 2012

Webinar: Looking back, looking ahead

Woman on balcony in thoughtSupreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. States make progress on demonstration projects for dual eligibles. Older Americans Act programs threatened by fiscal cliff. 2012 was filled with headlines about policy and programmatic activities that affect low-income seniors. Join us for our December webinar as we examine some of the key events of 2012, and what the forecast looks like for 2013.
Register for the Dec. 19 webinar

What did SNAP benefits look like last year?

A new report from the USDA provides data on the demographic and economic circumstances of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households in the past year. Among the findings are that the national average benefit for a senior living alone was $122/month. The report also includes state-level data.
Download the report | Find SNAP in your state

Social Security and same-sex marriages

Male couple walkingWhat options exist for legally married same-sex couples to receive spousal Social Security benefits? A recent report from GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) outlines the current policy and what couples can do to preserve their rights. On Dec. 12, the National Senior Citizens’ Law Center (NSCLC) will host a webinar on this topic.
Read the report | Register for the NSCLC webinar

What does the public think about Medicare cuts?

The Leadership Coalition of Aging Organizations has compiled a fact sheet of key consumer surveys that indicate that the majority of Americans are opposed to proposals that would decrease spending on Medicare in order to reduce the federal deficit.
View the fact sheet

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End of open enrollment nears; 5-star SEP begins soon

[object Object]Another open enrollment period comes to a close in a few days (Dec. 7). We applaud you for all your hard work! You may still have a few clients who need help after this date to find and enroll in a plan. Remember to consider the new 5-star Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which starts each year on Dec. 8, along with the low-performing SEP, extension for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and a host of other SEPs that can get your clients into a plan that best meets their needs.
Learn more about star-quality rating SEPs | Explore Part D SEPs | See common Medicare Advantage SEPs | Learn about the Hurricane Sandy extension

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