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Seven Changes to Social Security in 2013

Social Security is an important part of any retirees’ income.  By collecting taxes from paychecks, the program supports people who are unable to take care of themselves.  Current estimates are that 40% of Americans over the age of 65 are kept out of poverty from the benefits proved by the Social Security Administration. 2013 brings 7 new changes to a social Read More

New California Law Gets Mixed Response

Governor Jerry Brown signed an amendment to California’s vehicle code which became effective on January 8th.  The amendment to Assembly Bill 1536 now allows drivers in California to text while driving, as long as they don’t use their hands.  It is an attempt to manage the emerging smart phone technology while still maintaining public safety, just as California did when Read More

News about California Worker’s Comp Reform

Insurance companies have a history of problems with the State of California and it seems to be happening again.  During a period between the 1990s and early 2000s, many workers compensation carriers either left the California market or stopped writing insurance in the state.  Then in 2003, former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger helped create reforms which stopped the exodus of workers Read More

The Pitfalls of Medicaid

As people get closer to retirement, they start to think about how costs will seemingly pile up.  Most will hope that they have enough money to take care of their medical bills.  Medicaid and Medicare is what they hope will bridge any deficiencies in their pocketbooks.  But Medicaid is an imperfect system and has seen decreases in funding both from Read More

New California Task Force to Stop Uninsured Contractors

California recently created the Joint Enforcement Strike Force’s Construction Enforcement Project.  This was a collaborative effort by the Contractors State License Board, Employment Development Department, and the California Department of Insurance.  The main concerns of this task force was to stop construction orders to uninsured employers, reduce owner-builder permits, target contractors who evade payroll taxes, and increase criminal charges for Read More