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During the Pandemic: The Ugly Side of Humanity

We’ve all seen the heartwarming stories about the beautiful side of humanity during this crisis – the singing from balconies, providing food and supplies for shut-ins and those in quarantine, landlords forgiving rent, creditors granting grace periods, and even socially-distanced…

Special Social Security Q&A Site for Coronavirus

All Social Security field offices are now closed for in-person services until further notice, essentially until the coronavirus pandemic is over. While that is fully understandable and prudent to avoid spreading the deadly virus, there are nevertheless about 64 million…

During the crisis, “Telehealth” Services Now Covered by Medicare

“Telehealth” refers to healthcare services which are delivered to patients using electronic means, such as via telephone, text, email and, electronic “chat.”  And especially during these difficult times, avoiding direct in-person interaction at doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals is highly desirable and important…

Have You Been Offered Early Retirement?

In this timely piece by Rachel Hartman appearing at U.S. News and World Report, the author discusses that some employers may be offering early retirement packages during the current economic crisis, and offers advice on how you should react if…

Enrolling in Medicare During the Coronavirus Crisis

In the midst of the clamor over how stimulus payments will be received, and with all Social Security field offices closed to public access and staffed at reduced levels, one thing that remains unclear is how to enroll in Medicare…

Medicare Expands Services Due to Coronavirus

In an historic move to combat the so-called coronavirus, the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced sweeping Medicare changes to improve the flexibility of the program to handle the COVID-19 outbreak. Expanded services include coverage for in-home testing and community-base…

Helping Small Businesses Survive the Pandemic

It’s no secret that small business is the lifeblood of the American economy. And it should be no mystery that the shutdown of the U.S. economy due to the coronavirus pandemic has been, and continues to be, devastating to small businesses.…

Don’t Torpedo your Retirement Plan Now

As part of the recently passed CARES Act, which provides financial relief curing the coronavirus pandemic, a change was made to temporarily suspend the penalty for early withdrawals from tax-advantaged savings (such as IRAs and 401(k)s). While that could be…

Medicare Loosening Rules for Virtual Medical Services

In a giant step forward in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Medicare has temporarily lifted restrictions for paying doctors to provide “virtual” services, that is, consultations on the telephone with patents and ER staff. This allows doctors and medical…

Assistance for Businesses Hit by the Coronavirus

Considerable media emphasis has been placed on economic impact stimulus payments to, and unemployment assistance for, individuals. But, with the economy largely shut down and restaurants and non-essential shops shuttered, how can small businesses survive this pandemic? Fortunately, the CARES…

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