Saturday, December 1, 2012
Massachusetts Democrats in Congress want to avoid cuts in benefits as part of any deal, but proposals such as raising the eligibility age for Medicare are still on the table. What would you do?
As Congress negotiates a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" on Jan. 1, Massachusetts' congressional representatives have voiced their opposition to any cuts in benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Boston Globe reports. However, there are proposals still on the table that would change those benefit programs, including linking Social Security benefits to a more conservative inflation index that would slightly reduce annual increases, or raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. The Globe reported that while the Bay State's legislators were united against changes to Social Security, there's some wiggle room on Medicare. Rep. Ed Markey opposes raising the Medicare eligibility age; Rep. Michael …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Ethos Executive Director Dale Mitchell offers his opinion on the payroll tax holiday.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Ethos' Executive Director Dale Mitchell wrote this op-ed. Please add your comments to the bottom of this article. Q: What does a ‘payroll tax holiday’ really mean? A: In a recent National Public Radio story, a reporter asked people on the street if they had noticed their payroll tax cut. Most people said “No.” People seemed confused between the payroll tax cut, and an income tax cut. Not everyone knew what the payroll tax was. The purpose of the payroll tax cut - which came to be called a “holiday” — was to stimulate Americans to buy more goods and services. Yet almost no one interviewed said the change in payroll tax had stimulated them to shop more. The tax cut in question is actually the Social Security payroll tax. Workers with wage …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Ethos Agewell West Roxbury and Massachusetts Senior Action Council sponsoring forum on the Medicare and Social Security debate on July 26th.
How often do you hear about the future of Social Security and Medicare? Learn more about the future of the programs from Ethos Agewell West Roxbury and Massachusetts Senior Action Council personnel. The two organizations are sponsoring a forum on the Medicare and Social Security debate on July 26. The event will start at noon and go until 2 p.m. with a light lunch being served at the Elks Hall. You are welcome to bring a friend and hear the facts. Feel free to just sit and listen or participate in the discussion. Please RSVP to Janice Williams of AgeWell West Roxbury at 617-477-6616. The event is also being sponsored by State Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, and State Sen. Mike Rush, D-Boston.