Posts by Cindy Robinson

Marylanders required to wear face coverings

A reminder that all Marylander’s are now required to use face covers while in essential retail locations, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, or while on public transportation. This order applies to both employees and customers in these locations. All businesses must post signs indicating face coverings are required before entry and while inside.  …

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Do you have an Advance Directive?

Everyone has the right to make their own healthcare decisions. But what if you are sick or injured or otherwise unable to make your own decisions regarding medical treatment? You can make your healthcare wishes known by creating an Advance Directive. This document details what medical treatment you do – and don’t – want in…

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Is a loved one in a nursing home? Questions you should ask

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you may be concerned about their safety amid the COVIC-19 pandemic. AARP has consulted with leading nursing home experts to offer the following key questions to ask of nursing homes: Has anyone in the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19? This includes residents as well…

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Update from Social Security re economic impact payments

The following is an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration, from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to…

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Don’t fall prey to this Census scam!

Beware of this Census scam, warns the AARP Fraud Watch Network: “Impostors could pretend to be census takers. Pitch: You could be asked for your Social Security number or credit card information. Method: A fake census worker shows up at your door. Or you’re contacted by phone, mail or email. Prevention: The Census Bureau will…

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CARES Act expands tax deductions for charitable giving

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, the government stimulus  bill that was signed into law in late March, will increase the ability for many individuals to deduct a portion of their charitable contributions: Beginning in 2020, individuals that do not itemize and instead use the standard deduction, will be allowed to deduct…

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Protect your health … and your wallet

It is important to protect your health and your wallet during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The AARP Fraud Network and the Federal Trade Commission offer the following information on COVID-19 related scams.   How it works: Scammers may set up websites to sell bogus “coronavirus products” from face masks to vaccines to cure-alls, and use…

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Beware Social Security benefit suspension scam

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed. The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received…

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Beware of scams during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beware of scams during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic! Scams beginning to surface include: Scammers going door-to-door, offering to pick up groceries for you, and asking for your credit card A scammer may also appear at your door and offer to test you for COVID-19, for a fee The Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to…

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