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October 2020Updates on your SOCIAL SECURITY
Vonda VanTil, Special to Senior Times UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL
Mill Creek A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY A Mission of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
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• Secure entry with cameras throughout the property.
• Small pet friendly
• Individually controlled heating and cooling
• Planned monthly resident activities
• Easy elevator access to both upper floors • Library with computers available
• Barrier-free apartments available
We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies. In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survi- vor’s benefits. These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widow- ers, children, and dependent parents.
Benefits Planner for Survivors to help you better understand your and your family’s Social Security protections as you plan for your financial future at
Please visit or read our publication Survivors Benefits at www. for more information. You can also help us spread the word by sharing this information with your family and friends.
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The amount of benefits your survi- vors receive depends on your lifetime earnings. The higher your earnings, the higher their benefits. That’s why it’s important to make sure your earnings history is correct in our records. You can do this by creating a personal my Social Security account at count. A my Social Security account is secure and gives you immediate access to your earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates, and a printable Social Security Statement to see an estimate
of survivors benefits we could pay your family.
Vonda Van Til is the Public Affairs Specialist for West Michigan. You
can write her c/o Social Security Administration, 3045 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 or via email at
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State Senator, John Bizon, M.D., District 19
CALL (517) 278-5889
Greetings. I want to share an update with you regarding nursing homes in Michigan.
absentee ballot if you don’t plan on heading to the polls on November 3. The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 19. The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (post- marked by) Monday, October 19.
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The decision to place COVID-19- positive patients into our state’s nursing homes was a horrible policy from the start, and I joined many of my col- leagues in calling on the governor to stop this life-threatening practice back in April after it became clear that healthy nursing home residents were being put at risk.
The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 30. Your request must be received by 5pm the Friday before the election (October 30).
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That’s why I was happy to see the U.S. Department of Justice announce it wants to review COVID-19 data from the governor as it examines executive orders during the pandemic that may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents.
Every month, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) holds public meetings around the state to provide Michigan residents with oppor- tunities to share ideas and ask questions about policy decisions, programs, and other aspects of natural resources man- agement and outdoor recreation.
Despite the fact that over a third
of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan occurred among nursing home patients, the governor has continued the practice in the face of objections of health care professionals and bipartisan legislation that would have banned it. My office and my colleagues in the legislature will continue to monitor any further move- ment on this topic.
During COVID-19, with public health and safety in mind, upcoming meetings have been changed to virtual meetings or conference calls. Visit the DNR’s website, dnr for a list of upcoming meetings and more information on how you can par- ticipate.
Elections are just around the cor- ner! Please make sure you request your
If you need to reach my office for any state government issues, please email or call (517) 373-2426.
From the
Finally, the DNR will host a series of public virtual meetings soon.

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