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Navigating Benefits.gov User Series: Senior Citizens

As a senior citizen, you may qualify for assistance programs that can help with health care costs, nutrition, increase access to community volunteer activities and offer employment opportunities, among other benefits. Benefits.gov is home to a range of information on senior related resources offered by our Federal Partners.

Our Partner, the Social Security Administration (SSA), is responsible for many programs focusing on the health and financial stability of senior citizens. The Social Security Medicare Program is our country’s health insurance program for citizens age 65 or older, or those with a qualifying disability. The Medicare Savings Programs help eligible recipients with limited income and resources to pay for some or all of their Medicare premiums, deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Last, Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits are available for individuals who have earned enough credits and are at least age 62. Visit the Benefits.gov “Social Security Retirement” category to learn more about retirement options. If you would like to find out if you’re eligible for any of the Social Security benefits, take the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool questionnaire.

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Fort Worth kicks in more money for pension fix. Police, fire say it’s not enough.

FORT WORTH—In an attempt to find a compromise that would be supported by both the City Council and employees, City Manager David Cooke rolled out a new proposal Friday to fix the city’s struggling pension fund.

The Fort Worth Employee’s Retirement Fund could run out of money by 2048 if nothing is done to address the $1.6 billion projected shortfall.

The proposal would increase the city’s contribution from $92 million to $110.7 million annually and preserve the cost of living adjustment (also known as a COLA) for retirees.

Employee contributions would increase from $37 million annually to about $50 million annually. Police and firefighters contribute at a higher rate than general fund employees.

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How Incomes Compared Last Year Across States and Metro Areas

New data from the Census Bureau show how median household income levels stacked up around the U.S. in 2017.

Median household incomes last year at the state level ranged from $43,469 in West Virginia, to $82,372 in the District of Columbia, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

The Census Bureau also reported metropolitan area median income figures for 2017. Among the 50 U.S. metro areas with the greatest number of households, median income ranged from $50,528 in the region that includes New Orleans, to $117,474 in the Silicon Valley enclave in California where San Jose and Santa Clara are located.

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