Tag: medicare

2013 Debt Ceiling Debate – Spending Cuts, Soaring Deficit, Tax Refund Delays and Political Theatrics

As I was writing this article I re-read my original pieces on the 2011 debt ceiling debate/deal and got a major sense of deja-vu. After 18 months we are back in the same place with… Read more »

2012 Medicare Part B Monthly Premiums By Income Levels And Tax Filing Status

2012 Medicare Part B monthly premium rates that cover hospitals plus physician and outpatient expenses, are shown in the following table (by individual and joint filers) and reflect the 2012… Read more »

Super Committee Fails to Reach Debt Deal – Automatic Triggers To Cut Defense and Discretionary Spending

[Latest Update]  As many had predicted, the debt Super Committee has failed to come up with a deficit reduction plan. Basically the not-so-super members failed to get past party line… Read more »

2012 COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) 3.6% Increase for Social Security, SSI, Federal Retirees and Medicare Premiums

[Updated October 19 – Official 2012 COLA Increase is 3.6%] The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than… Read more »

2013 Debt Ceiling Increase Debate – Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Defense, Education and Food Stamp Spending Cuts

[2013 Update] As I was updating this article, originally written in mid-2011 following the first debt ceiling deal, I got a major sense of deja-vu. After 18 months we are… Read more »

2012 Payroll Tax Credit Holiday Extended Till Year End. Extensions For Unemployment Benefits and Medicare Payments Also Approved

[Updated- 2012 Payroll Tax Credit Holiday, Unemployment Benefits and Medicare Doctor Payments Extended to Dec 31st] With House Republican support Congress has passed legislation extending the federal payroll tax holiday… Read more »