Public Benefits

SSI Transfer Penalty Rule Causes Concern

If an applicant for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a needs-based federal disability benefit, transfers assets out of her name prior to applying for benefits, she could face a stiff transfer penalty that would delay receipt of often vital services.


2012 Medicare Premiums Will Be Lower Than Expected

On the heels of the announcement of a 3.6 percent increase in Social Security benefits in 2012 comes news that Medicare's monthly premium will be much lower than expected next year -- and will actually drop for millions of beneficiaries.