Stories tagged: Social Security
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10 p.m.
Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack
Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to …
Tue., Aug. 15, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935
Fri., July 21, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Idaho residents at risk from Kansas cyberattack; millions of Social Security numbers exposed
Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts …
Sat., May 27, 2017
SS disability program discourages work
The number of disabled workers on the rolls has doubled over the past two decades, and outlays have doubled as well.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan
President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts
President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …
Mon., March 13, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Medicare Part B premium rise erodes Social Security increase
While average Social Security benefits for retired workers increased by about $5 from $1,355 to $1,360 because of the annual cost-of-living adjustment, Medicare Part B premiums also rose this year, …
Sun., March 5, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
Social Security: Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically
For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future. This year, America Saves Week begins …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need significant changes, Trump budget pick says
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the White House budget office told Congress Tuesday.
Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 12:28 p.m.
HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles
President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Republican looks to overhaul Social Security
A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 4:05 a.m.
Medicare changes: Will it save program or be ‘war on seniors’?
The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 3:29 p.m.
Millions on Social Security are hurt by low gasoline prices
When the price of gasoline goes down, Donald and Fran Shoemaker take a hit in their pocketbook, too. They say that’s not fair. He’s 90, and she’s 88, and neither …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Inattention to serious issues a shame
Clinton and Trump have failed to come to grips with an aging society and immigration — two national problems that are staring them in the face but involve unpopular political …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Social Security recipients to get tiny increase in benefits
Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a monthly increase in benefits of just 0.3 percent next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 5:36 p.m.
Social Security rolls back security measures on website
The Social Security Administration has rolled back extra security measures on the agency’s website after getting complaints from people who had trouble accessing their accounts.
Mon., July 11, 2016, 6 a.m.
Women more likely than men to face poverty during retirement
During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty.
Tue., June 14, 2016
Obama fails to lead on Social Security
Obama perpetuates the popular but outdated myth that, by and large, the elderly are a poor, needy group. They deserve more financial help. The 65-and-over population exceeds 46 million. Some …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 6:28 p.m.
Many opt to take early, reduced Social Security benefits, poll finds
CHICAGO – Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans who are 50 and over say they’ll dip into the program before …
Fri., April 29, 2016
Froma Harrop: Puerto Rico offers lesson in risk
Turning the language around, the big financial interests are now calling the bankruptcy route a “bailout.”
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 11:41 a.m.
Social Security, joblessness top economic concerns, AP poll shows
Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Straight talk about budget impossible with candor deficit
Entitlements choking other programs, even defense.
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Ignoring deficits won’t make them go away
Payments on national debt will triple by 2015 without action, squeezing other federal spending.
Sat., Jan. 2, 2016
Froma Harrop: Real ID necessary tool against terrorism
Warnings about “national ID” the same as those raised against Social Security cards 80 years ago.
Tue., Dec. 1, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Patient millennials optimistic about future
Boomers were raised in a much healthier economy, and won’t let go of their benefits.
Sat., Nov. 14, 2015
Harrop: Don’t blame boomers for all woes
Belonging to a single generation does not mean single-mindedness.
Tue., Oct. 20, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Candidates ignore nation’s fundamental problems
In effort to capture key constituencies, problems facing Social Security, immigration go unaddressed
Fri., Sept. 20, 2013
Government shutdown less worrisome than default
WASHINGTON – Here’s the truth about a government “shutdown.” The government doesn’t shut down. So the world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a …
Mon., March 18, 2013
Early dip into Social Security has pros, cons
Until a coworker mentioned early retirement, neither Wendy Budge nor her husband, Bill, knew the option existed. For 38 years, Wendy had worked as a medical technologist at Deaconess Medical …
Mon., March 18, 2013
Spousal strategy fits couple’s goals
Ron and Lindy Cater’s retirement appears to have resulted from a carefully planned and well-executed strategy. But, as Ron Cater said, “Part of it was maybe kind of dumb luck.”