Stimulus Payments to SSI Recipients Do Not Count as Income

April 9, 2009

Filed under: Social Security,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Alexis @ 11:47 AM

But they will count as assets – after nine months.  If you receive SSI, then you know that you usually need to be concerned with two things: (1) receiving extra income in any given month, and (2) if that income is still in your name at the beginning of the next month, it’s now an asset.  

You don’t need to worry about these factors with the $250 stimulus payment that should arrive between now and the end of April.  It won’t be considered income, and it will not be considered an asset for another nine months.  As long as you spend it in the next nine months, it will not cause you to be considered “over-assets.” 

You can see my recent post on scammers trying to take advantage of the Stimulus Payments for Social Security recipients.   For further information, see the SSA’s pamphlet on the Stimulus Payment. 

Beware Scammers Calling About Your Stimulus Payment

April 8, 2009

Filed under: Social Security — Tags: , , — Alexis @ 11:40 AM

As you have probably heard by now, recipients under the various Social Security Programs (Retirement, Rail Road, SSI, SSDI), will receive one-time payments of $250.  The Social Security Administration will send these payments to you in the same form that you receive your regular payment.  For example, if your Social Security is direct deposited into your bank account, then the stimulus payment will be direct deposited, too. 

Social Security will not be calling you or emailing you looking for personal information.  If anyone does call or email you concerning the stimulus payment, they are scammers.  Do not give them any personal information. 

For more information on the stimulus payments, see Social Security’s pamphlet

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day – Time to Sign that Health Care Proxy

April 7, 2009

Filed under: Estate Planning — Tags: , , — Alexis @ 11:30 AM

Who even knew we had a National Healthcare Decisions Day?  But what better time to get that Health Care Proxy in order.  That’s the document that allows another person to make healthcare decisions for you when you cannot make or communicate them yourself.  Without a Health Care Proxy in place, if you can’t make a decision or express yourself, your medical team’s hands are tied – they are going to make the decision that they feel is appropriate, and it might not be one that you would agree with.

When clients sign their Health Care Proxies, I also give them two more things  – one is a wallet card for keeping emergency contact information and a list of medications, both vital for EMT’s, and the second is a workbook that helps them work through their choices for end-of-life care and share those thoughts with their family.    

Once you have decided whom you want to name as your agent within the Health Care Proxy, it does not take much time for the attorney to produce the document.  It’s National Healthcare Decisions Day – why not get it done today?