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Social Security Q&A: Benefits Increase for 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Question: I’m creating my budget for 2015. How much will my benefit increase at the beginning of the year? Answer: The monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase by 1.7 percent in 2015. This annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is tied to the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This New Year, you can enjoy …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Diabetes Education Program Earns Accreditation Windsor — The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center was recently accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Education. The certification is awarded to programs and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diabetes education, offering quality programming to help …

7 Weird Things That Can Hurt Your Credit Score

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Many aspects of credit can be confusing and even counterintuitive. Sometimes, it can even feel like you’re doing everything right — paying all your bills on time, not maxing out your cards — and yet you still have poor credit. That’s because there are a number of seemingly benign actions that can hurt your credit score. The trick is making sure you’re aware …

CBO : Debt Interest Will Triple

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — The federal budget deficit will ease slightly to $468 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, but the agency warned that the mounting level of federal debt over the next decade would mean a tripling of interest payments and new spending constraints. The projected …

Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Names CEO New London — James “Jim” Culhane, of Henniker, N.H., has been named president and CEO of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. An open house in March will feature a …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be …

Study: Medical Costs Vary Widely

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance …

Wireless Charging May Be a Better Solution

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Philadelphia — Imagine a world where you don’t have to plug in your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or even lay it on one of the Duracell charging mats that Starbucks is rolling out nationwide. Instead, your refrigerator sends them power from across the room via a WiFi-like radio …

Snack Makers Focus on Health Fare

Sunday, January 25, 2015

San Francisco — The next generation of food manufacturers are clamoring to satisfy your snack cravings. Just don’t expect another potato chip or pretzel. At the annual Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last week, up-and-coming brands touted …

Consumer Confidential: GOP’s Cuts to IRS Budget Will Tax Our Patience

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking last week at a conservative policy summit, presented what he called the “single most important tax reform” America could make: abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. That probably won’t happen any time soon. But Republican lawmakers have managed to slash the tax agency’s budget …

Facebook Looks To Stop Spread Of Fake ‘News’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last week, Facebook dealt a blow to the fake-news industry that could, in all likelihood, wipe it out: Starting this week, the site will cut down on the number of fake news stories that circulate in its News Feed — and add a warning on hoax stories indicating …

Searching for a Longer-Lasting Battery

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone or battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired …