TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2020 Florida Senior Games presented by Humana Series Qualifiers are under way as athletes from throughout the Sunshine State begin to compete for spots in the state championships in December. With a Top 5 finish in their respective age group at the Local Series Qualifiers, athletes will move on to the next level, representing their communities in a variety of 24 sports, vying for state titles, record-setting performances, and an opportunity to qualify for the 2021 National Senior Games.
Social Security offers retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Medicare provides health insurance. Because these services are often related, you may not know which agency to contact for help. The list below can help you quickly figure out where to go. Please share this list with family and friends.
It’s never too early to start planning for retirement and our online tools can help. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to access your my Social Security account to get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record.
Did you know that you can apply online for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire? We can help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits based on yourindividual and family circumstances. Applying online can take less than 10minutes. There are no forms to sign and usually no required documentation. We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information.
TALLAHASSEE – Today, Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom announced the hiring of Ms. Chante’ Jones, Esq. as the Director of the Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG). Ms. Jones earned her Juris Doctorate from Barry University and holds a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator and has more than 20 years of corporate and management experience having previously worked for Verizon Communications’ corporate office in Tampa. Ms. Jones has also volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for the 13th circuit.
Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January.
Tax season is approaching, and we have made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from us in the previous year so you know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on your tax return.
The aged and people with disabilities may need extra assistance to manage their finances. If you have a loved one who needs your help, you may be able to become a representative payee. A representative payee receives the beneficiary’s payments and is given the authority to manage them on the beneficiary’s behalf. We recognize that turning someone’s finances over to someone else is a big deal so we make sure that the beneficiary needs the help and that you are the best person to offer that help.
Many people pick up side jobs when the holiday shopping season comes around. It’s a good way for you to make some extra income during the busy season or ease back into working if you have been out of the labor force for a while. We’re here to help you navigate working seasonally if you get Social Security.