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When should you take Social Security benefits?

Q. I am considering taking Social Security now, at age 63. Yes, I know all sorts of reasons to wait, like the annual increase of 8 percent in benefits. But there are some other reasons that I am thinking of that tip the balance the other way. My income is quite low now, so I need cash from somewhere–either my savings/investments or Social Security. If I use my savings, then that fund depletes and it would not be there for anyone to inherit when I’m gone. But no one will receive any of my Social Security benefits when I’m dead, so if I don’t take my benefits, and I die sooner rather than later, they remain untapped and disappear.
— Looking for strategies

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Prescription Drugs
Flickr User Charles Williams

Off-Label Drug Coverage Bill Advances

A measure requiring certain health insurance carriers to cover the off-label use of certain drugs has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Off-label use refers to when a drug is prescribed for uses, periods of time, or at dosages that are not FDA-approved. Off-label drug use is legal when prescribed in a medically appropriate way.

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