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Are you ready to set course for retirement? Then follow the advice of entertainment icons George Takei and Patty Duke and Boldly Go to www.socialsecurity.gov.

The two celebrities have teamed up in a new campaign to help Social Security promote its online services as an easy and secure way for people to apply for retirement, disability, Medicare, and so much more.

In light of current Congressional budget proposals to block grant Medicaid and presumably make it easier for states to ignore federal Medicaid law, the National Senior Citizens Law Center shows in a series of papers about Medicaid payment for assisted living that there are numerous consumer protection problems that could be exacerbated by such a change.

"Block grants would likely create even more problems in terms of how states loosely define and regulate assisted living," said NSCLC Executive Director Paul Nathanson. "A far more coordinated approach to oversight that focuses on the needs of the low-income older is needed, not a free for all."

If you own a business and have employees, you know the law requires you to file W-2 forms each year for them.

Depending on the size of your business and amount of time you have, that could leave you feeling like you're drowning in paperwork. But Social Security offers more than a life preserver,  we offer you a way to file your W-2s without any paper at all! File your W-2s the fast, convenient, and paperless way online.

New Look Makes Finding Popular Services Even Easier Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today unveiled the agency newly redesigned home page at: www.socialsecurity.gov that will help visitors more quickly and easily find the information and services they need. One of the key features of the redesigned home page is a service channeling guide, which appears in the left hand column of the page.

The guide links users directly to the most popular pages on Social Securitys web site -- the services visitors are most likely to want to use. “We set out to make Social Securitys new home page even easier for visitors to find the services and information they need", Commissioner Astrue said, and our new look reflects the useful feedback we received from the public during testing.

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