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Lawmakers visiting UMaine Augusta for aging forum

AUGUSTA, Maine — A forum at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) will focus on the challenges facing the state’s growing elderly population. The event is being held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves and Republican Sen. David Burns, who are working on aging issues in the Legislature, […]

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Another small Social Security bump

By Stephen Ohlemacher WASHINGTON— For the third straight year, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will be less than 2 percent. That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for […]

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Medicare’s basic monthly premium unchanged

WASHINGTON — The Medicare “Part B” premium that most older people pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2015 — $104.90 a month. The government says it’s the third consecutive year that the basic monthly premium has held steady. Higher premiums paid by upper-income beneficiaries also are unchanged. These are for people with […]

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Social Security resumes mailing statements

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday. Social Security began phasing out mailed statements to most workers in 2011 to save an estimated $70 million a year. Instead, the agency directed workers to track […]

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Medicare database reveals top-paid doctors

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren
 WASHINGTON — Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on […]

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Medical-alert scam aimed at seniors

WASHINGTON — Federal and state regulators have shut down a multimillion-dollar scam that they said duped seniors into turning over their credit card information in exchange for purportedly free medical-alert devices. The business blasted seniors across the U.S. and Canada with robocalls claiming that they were eligible to receive a free alert system purchased by […]

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