For Older Americans, Some Positive Health News

Three recent developments — incremental and undramatic but encouraging — are likely to improve the lives and health of seniors.

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How to Transition Into Retirement

Many older Americans like to ease into being an ex-worker — but you need to think carefully about just how to get there.

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Social Security Opens to Survivors of Same-Sex Couples Who Could Not Marry

Challenging a policy that limited survivor’s benefits to married couples, even though some couples were legally barred from marriage, took years.

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Woman Stole Daughter’s Identity to Get Loans and Attend College, U.S. Says

Laura Oglesby, 48, of Missouri, who pleaded guilty to intentionally providing false information to the Social Security Administration, lived as someone nearly half her age, the authorities said.

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Another Struggle for Long Covid Patients: Disability Benefits

President Biden has said the government should help people who continue to experience symptoms long after a coronavirus infection. But qualifying remains a major hurdle.

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Social Security Cost of Living Increase Will be 5.9 Percent in 2022

The increase, a cost-of-living adjustment that applies to about 70 million Americans, comes as consumer prices have jumped sharply.

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What the Debt Ceiling Means for Social Security and More

The Treasury secretary says the government will run out of money to spend if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. Here’s what that could mean for programs that help millions of Americans.

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Biden Fires Trump Appointee as Head of Social Security Administration

The dismissal, the latest effort by President Biden to oust a Trump-appointed director of an independent executive agency, could set off a legal showdown over who rightfully holds the position.

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Biden Fires Andrew Saul, head of Social Security Administration

Andrew Saul, a Trump holdover, drew Democrats’ ire and has vowed to fight his dismissal.

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Women and Social Security: How to Get the Biggest Check

Women tend to live longer than men, so they need as much retirement income as possible. Whether you’re 30 or 60, here’s what you need to know.

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Some Venue Owners Get a Federal Lifeline. Others Are Told They’re Dead.

The first applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, offering $16 billion in federal aid, were approved.

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Social Security and Covid: Why Getting Help Won’t Be the Same

The pandemic abruptly closed the agency’s 1,200 offices, and officials are considering how to move forward. One issue: Without the offices, fewer low-income seniors sought benefits.

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Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

Biden can help.

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Bogus Vaccines. Fake Testing Sites. Virus Frauds Are Flourishing.

By telephone, phishing emails, text messages or social media promotions, unscrupulous actors are using their warped creativity to separate people from their cash.

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