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Published on Jan 3, 2024 by Leslie Bailey
There is a 3.2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and SSI benefits for 2024.The following are the federal monthly SSI benefit amount for 2024:For an individual living alone: $943, plus the NYS supplement of $87, for a total of $1,030.For a couple living alone: $1,415, plus the NYS supplement of $104, for a [...]
Published on Dec 1, 2023 by Leslie Bailey
A nationwide class action lawsuit filed by NYLAG, Justice in Aging, and Arnold & Porter alleged that pandemic-related administrative errors and shutdowns with the Social Security Administration led to a combination of benefit reductions, benefit terminations, and benefit overpayments, adversely affecting SSI beneficiaries.From March 2020 to April 2022, with Social Security’s field offices closed, many older [...]
Published on Nov 7, 2023
Regular HEAP BenefitHEAP officially opened November 1, 2023. HEAP provides a grant to low-income households to help pay for energy expenses. HEAP eligible households receive either a direct payment to their heating/utility vendor or a one-time cash benefit. The benefit amount depends on whether the household pays for heat directly (and if so, the type of [...]
Published on Oct 16, 2023 by Michelle Berney
The Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program (EPIC) provides cost-sharing assistance to individuals with Medicare Part D coverage.  EPIC can assist with cost-sharing for individuals with annual incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with annual incomes up to $100,000. With the recent increase s to the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) income limits to 186% FPL, more New [...]

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