Archive - September 2020

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Up to 41% of “miscellaneous” denied Social Security benefits not being reviewed
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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15
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5 Free Activities to Explore While Social Distancing
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Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Life Insurance
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A Comic Strip Looks at Estate Planning

Up to 41% of “miscellaneous” denied Social Security benefits not being reviewed

Many, if not most, applications for Social Security benefits are approved without any issues. But often, an application is denied, for legitimate reasons. Maybe you don’t have the requisite number of credits on your account for benefits, or something similar. But also, many times, benefits are denied without a specified reason. When this happens, the Social Security Administration staffer working on the case will apply a code of “miscellaneous suspense” to the record.

The suspension of benefits can happen either at the point of initial application, or upon a review of the record at some point. For the latter, the …

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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15

What is the Medicare Open Enrollment Period?

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is the time during which Medicare beneficiaries can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plan costs and coverage typically change. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The open enrollment period is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs.

When does the Medicare Open Enrollment Period start?

The annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period begins on October 15 and runs through December 7. Any changes made during open enrollment …

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5 Free Activities to Explore While Social Distancing

During the lockdown and required social distancing it’s common to feel cooped up and restless. Finances may be strained, and we may feel the need to lockdown our own spending. During this time, and raising two daughters, it was a great way to become creative with activities that didn’t cost a thing but were a HUGE investment in building relationships. If you don’t have kids, you can still do these with friends or family.

  1. Take an adventure walk. We like to take walks frequently. However, there are times when I will set certain challenges on the walks or learning outcomes
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Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Life Insurance

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Navy Mutual.

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, although it is entirely possible that life insurance has been on your mind since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has focused the attention of many in our country on the need to ensure the financial safety of their family. Ensuring that financial security is even more challenging when the pandemic creates so much uncertainty in the job market, financial markets, and everyday living.

There is an old proverb that tells the two best times to plant a tree. The best time is …

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A Comic Strip Looks at Estate Planning

Articles and lectures inform us while stories speak to us in a way that these more straightforward sources cannot. It is interesting to see financial planning in pop culture because a narrative can get some  people to think and take action when a seminar may not.

Between July 27 and August 1 of this year the Big Nate comic strip by  Lincoln Peirce spent a week looking at estate planning, in comic form. The older daughter read an advice column where she sees that people write in with disputes over their parents’ estates weekly. So, she and her younger brother …

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