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    SCAM ALERT

    Local Police are investigating a scam targeting an elderly woman in our city. A man claiming to be with “Global Consumer Awards” (and falsely claiming to be working for Publishers Clearing House) first contacted the woman by phone, stating she won a sweepstakes valued at $15,000,000. He then mailed her a cashier’s check for $2,000, which she deposited into her bank account. Last week, he called her again, instructing her to send a $2,000 check to a man in Utah to cover taxes on her future prizes. She agreed. She then received another call to send a cashier’s check for $13,000 to a man in Florida, in order to cover…

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    Exclusions From Medicare Coverage

    Medicare does not cover certain kinds of care, charges, or supplies. The chief exclusions are: extra charges for a private room (unless medically necessary); private duty nursing; skilled nursing facility care beyond 100 days per benefit period; custodial care in a nursing home or at home; intermediate facility nursing home care; service required as a result of acts of war occurring after the patient became covered by Medicare; most treatments by chiropractors, optometrists, and psychologists; care received outside the United States (except under limited circumstances in Canada and Mexico and for certain emergencies); regular dental care and dentures; acupuncture; routine physical exams; eye exams, eyeglasses, and contact lenses; hearing aids…

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    Part B premium

    The standard Part B premium is $134. Most who receive Social Security benefits will typically pay $109. However, that doesn’t apply to you as you’re holding off on SS benefits, so here’s the chart.  If you’re in 1 of these 5 groups, here’s what you’ll pay: If your yearly income in 2015 (for what you pay in 2017) was You pay each month (in 2017) File individual tax return File joint tax return File married & separate tax return $85,000 or less $170,000 or less $85,000 or less $134 above $85,000 up to $107,000 above $170,000 up to $214,000 Not applicable $187.50 above $107,000 up to $160,000 above $214,000 up…