Only 49 new-york nursing homes comply with proposed minimum staffing law

Understaffing is a common problem in many of the worst-rated nursing homes in Western New York. Residents in these facilities often must wait long periods to be taken to the bathroom, have their diapers changed or receive assistance in being fed, according to their...

Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable...

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B premiums and deductibles

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. “CMS is committed to empowering beneficiaries with the information they need to make informed decisions about...

What if you didn’t get your new Medicare card?

Your new Medicare card should have arrived in the mail by now. If you didn’t get it, here’s what to do: Remember that your new Medicare card will come in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services. If the card didn’t arrive, call...