Social Security Reports No Increase In Benefits for 2010

Normally, seniors receiving social security benefits see a 2-3% increase in their benefits each year.  For the first time in decades, there may not be a cost-of-living adjustment.  For some, social security checks may be lower when factoring in Medicare Part B premiums.  Most, however, are protected by a provision that ensures Medicare premiums don’t increase more than any increase in Social Security benefits. FULL ARTICLE.

Review Finds Nursing Home Quality Varies By Region

A recent review by the Associated Press found that the quality of nursing homes across the country varies widely by region.  Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that better care is often found in areas with higher income levels.  Massachusetts is no different, as statistics revealed that nursing homes in wealthier counties across the Commonwealth ranked higher than nursing homes in counties with lower incomes.  Read Full Article

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