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High School Kids and Social Security Oct. 11, 2017

Social Security and You

I spent part of my 32-year career with the Social Security Administration as a public affairs specia... Read More

Social Security and My Mom Oct. 04, 2017

Social Security and You

You are probably reading this column sometime in early October, which is when I always think of my m... Read More

More Questions ... More Answers Sep. 27, 2017

Social Security and You

Last week, I tried to answer as many questions as I could in the limited space I have. But I ran out... Read More

Social Security: Short and Quick Sep. 20, 2017

Social Security and You

Because Social Security rules can be so confusing to so many people, and because it can take some ti... Read More

Do You Really Want a Shrunken SSA? Sep. 13, 2017

Social Security and You

I sure am glad President Trump isn't considering me to be the new head of the Social Security Admini... Read More

When to Actually File for Social Security Retirement Benefits Aug. 16, 2017

Social Security and You

For some reason, I have been getting an awful lot of questions lately from seniors who are fretting ... Read More

Prisoners Do NOT Get Social Security Aug. 09, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I was in my local Social Security office recently. While I was sitting in the waiting room, I not... Read More

Elderly Seniors Want More From Social Security Jul. 05, 2017

Social Security and You

I guess it's just a sign of the times we are living in. But I am amazed by the number of emails that... Read More

'Repeal Now, Replace Later' Is Really Mean Jul. 04, 2017

Froma Harrop

How many Jedi mind tricks can Republicans successfully play on a weary American public? Their powers... Read More

Social Security Laws Are NOT Changing Constantly Jun. 28, 2017

Social Security and You

Several times every week, someone makes a comment similar to this one, which I found in today's emai... Read More

Rules About Retroactive Benefits Jun. 14, 2017

Social Security and You

Before I get to today's questions, all of which deal with claiming retroactive benefits, I must make... Read More

No Bonus for Vets May. 10, 2017

Social Security and You

I'm guessing there's something floating around on the internet giving veterans false hope that they ... Read More

My Apologies for Another Maximizing Column Apr. 26, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am 68 years old and retired. My wife is 60 and still working. When I was 66, my financial plann... Read More

Social Security Mailbag Miscellany Apr. 19, 2017

Social Security and You

Today's column won't focus on a single topic. Instead, I'll just reach into the mailbag (well, reall... Read More

Always Insist on Filing a Claim Apr. 12, 2017

Social Security and You

I'd like to think that when people email me questions, I give them correct answers with good advice.... Read More

Bucking the Trend -- Minimizing Our Social Security Mar. 29, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: My wife and I are both 62. My wife hasn't worked outside the home in many years. I am still worki... Read More

Gold-Digging Wives and Social Security Mar. 15, 2017

Social Security and You

After I published a recent column discussing possible Social Security reforms, lots of people wrote ... Read More

No Free Lunch in the Health Care System Mar. 10, 2017

Linda Chavez

The health care reform bill that has now passed two committee hurdles in the House still faces an up... Read More

Retiree With a Child Makes Age 62 an Attractive Starting Date Mar. 08, 2017

Social Security and You

Most people are correct to think that they will be ahead financially to wait until age 66, or maybe ... Read More

Social Security Retirement Benefits -- How They Are Figured Mar. 01, 2017

Social Security and You

Q: I am about to turn age 64. I have been laid off and do not think I will be able to find another j... Read More