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March 6, 2013

Woman pushing grocery cartSNAPshots: Helping clients with the medical expense deduction

Many older adults mistakenly believe that if they qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), they’ll only get $16 a month in benefits. Yet many seniors miss out on higher benefits because they don’t take advantage of the medical expense deduction. Our new fact sheet outlines how the deduction works and where to get more information.
See how it works | Find your local SNAP office

Webinar: Meet the Pension Rights Center

The Pension Rights Center is a consumer organization committed to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families. Join our March 29 webinar and learn what the Center can do for your clients.

You asked, we answered

questionsOur January webinar generated many questions about Medicare enrollment, coverage, and costs. We’ve compiled these questions—with our detailed answers—into a handy document with additional resources where you can go for assistance. And the webinar slides and recording are now available online.
Get the Q&A | Access our January webinar and slides

Administration for Community Living launches new website

Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services created the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to better serve older adults and persons with disabilities. ACL brings together the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability under one structure. Find out more in the newly launched ACL website.

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Tips to help federal employees and retirees

MailmanNearly 3 million people (non-military) work for the federal government nationwide. What will they need to know when they become eligible for Medicare? Our new fact sheet explains the ins and outs for federal employees and retirees, including when to enroll and how their federal health benefits work with Medicare. Also consult our one-page fact sheet on what Medicare means for state employees and retirees.
Download A Closer Look: Medicare for Federal Employees and Retirees | Read Medicare for State Employees and Retirees


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