Ex-lovers Vulnerable to Revealing Each Others SS Number: Study

February 7, 2013

Security experts suggest that after a relationship breakup, the former couple must secure all personal information, including Social Security number, which they shared with each other.

In a report by CNN, in the mobile age, intimate pieces of information like photos, videos, email passwords, banking logins, and Social Security numbers are susceptible to being stolen.

According to a study conducted by security company McAfee, more than 50 percent of couples in the United States share their passwords with each other.

“Sharing passwords is seen as a sign of love and devotion, a sign of commitment,” Robert Siciliano, McAfee's online security expert, said. “When the relationship goes south, change those passwords right away,” he added.

Experts suggest that after a breakup, it is a must for ex-partners to protect their personal data like Social Security number.

Social Security Checks to End Come March 1

February 1, 2013

Exactly a month from now, Social Security checks in your mail will be a thing of the past.

Brian Stienfeld of Wells Fargo, an American multinational financial services firm, said that the Social Security Administration (SSA) “wanted to save a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money annually, and prevent fraud.”

Steinfeld stressed that beneficiaries are now required by the SSA to start receiving their Social Security checks through Direct Deposit or Direct Debit Express.

According to Steinfeld, $540,000.00 worth of Social Security checks were lost or stolen in 2010 alone.

He furthered that this move will effectively cut down potential fraud and prevent the checks from being lost.

Some recipients of the benefits think that this is a wise move by the SSA, while others are skeptic about this change and would still want to receive their checks via mail.

SSA Going Paperless in Benefits Distribution to Members

January 25, 2013

Retirees and people with disabilities will be receiving their last Social Security check for the benefits they are receiving.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will be junking paper checks in favor of electronic bank transfers beginning this March.

Currently, around 5 million people are still receiving checks for their Social Security benefits.

The states that have the most number of paper checks-receiving beneficiaries are Florida, California, New York, and Texas.

For now, Social Security beneficiaries must sign up for Direct Deposit, or a direct express debit card to continue receiving their benefit payments.

However, seniors that were born before May 1, 1921 may still opt to receive paper checks should they wish.

Senator Baucus Wants SSA to Expedite Processing of Veterans’ Claims

January 30, 2013

Washington, DC – Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking member Orrin hatch (R-Utah), called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to collaborate with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in reducing the growing number of veterans’ disability claims backlog.

The senators made the plea thru a letter sent to the SSA as a response to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The GAO report pointed out that delays in the SSA have been one of the major contributors for the claims backlog.

Additionally, the senators in their letter made mention of the problems that the VA deals with just to get the medical records that they need from the SSA.

Just recently, regional VA officials said that there are instances when the SSA would take more than a year in responding to their requests.

Finally, the senators asked the SSA to give them information on how their action plan in preventing further delays in the processing of such claims.

Senator Baucus said that “This issue needs to be addressed, and it needs to be addressed now.” While Senator Hatch added that “it is unacceptable that America’s veterans…” saying that “Our heroes deserve no less.”

Obama’s Commitment in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Encourages Senior Citizen Advocates

January 23, 2013

Washington – Senior citizen advocates find hope with President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech, Monday, expressing commitment to preserve “entitlement programs” of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

The President talked about the “hard choices” his administration has to make like health care cost reduction to help control the country’s deficit.

However, Obama said that he “reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), in its political blog, commended Obama for making a “forceful case for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in his inaugural address”.

During the recently concluded election period, issues about balancing Social Security and the country’s deficit have been some of the biggest issues that then presidential candidate Obama and Mitt Romney faced.

While there were doubts about Romney’s stand in the issue, Obama has reiterated that he does not believe in moves to solve the country’s deficit by sacrificing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.

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