Telephone Phishing Scheme

March 28, 2018

A phone scam is making the rounds again.

Kansas City police say they’ve heard from residents that they’ve gotten calls from someone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.

This is how the scam works: They leave a message on your voicemail, claiming your social security number has been suspended and asking that you return the call and speak with a paralegal.

Anyone who receives a this call should notify the real Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

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The New York Times recently had a very good piece on how the expense of medications impacts the sickest of our population.

Drug makers have raised prices on treatments for life-threatening or chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer. In turn, insurers have shifted more of those costs onto consumers. Saddled with high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs that expose them to a drug’s rising list price, many people are paying thousands of dollars a month merely to survive.

Read the entire article here:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/05/health/drug-prices.html

Politicians have been debating Paid Family Leave for many years.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is working with Ivanka Trump to come up with a paid leave policy that Republicans can vote for. The conservative argument against paid family leave in the past has been Republicans vehemently oppose any mandate on employers or higher taxes.

Rubio doesn’t want the federal government to pay for paid family leave, but rather require individuals to withdraw from their Social Security benefits whenever they need to take time off for a new baby or other family related-matters. This would have the adverse effect of requiring individuals to delay their retirement age.

As Politico puts it, this would mean that someone who would begin receiving their full Social Security benefits when they turn 67 years old but wants to take six weeks of paid leave wouldn’t draw Social Security benefits until six weeks after their 67th birthday.

The full article is here:

https://thinkprogress.org/rubios-paid-family-leave-plan-is-actually-just-cutting-social-security-8f148b641418/

I always love baby name lists.  SSA recently provided a list of the top names for boys and girls over the past 100 years.

Spoiler:  Mary and James are number one.

Tracy is not anywhere on the list.  Tiffany slid in at number 98.

https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/decades/century.html

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