Coalition's letter opposing cuts in benefits carries risk
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Fighting for its members in the face of proposed budget cutbacks, a coalition of federal employee organizations has asked President Obama to reject proposals to cut health and retirement benefits, reduce the federal work force by 10 percent and freeze pay for three years. The recommendations were made in December by the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Congress has already approved Obama's proposal for a two-year freeze, which was implemented in January. More
Seniors may have to pay for Medicare home health
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Congressional advisers are calling for a new out-of-pocket charge for Medicare home health care, a service that until now has been free of charge to patients. The recommendation from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission comes as lawmakers look for health care spending cuts to help get control of federal deficits. The advisory panel did not prescribe an amount, but its staff has suggested the charge be $150 for a series of related visits. More
Will changes to federal employee benefits provide a financial windfall or disaster?
There has been plenty of bad news in recent weeks and months regarding federal pay and benefits. A proposal by President Obama to freeze federal pay for two years was enacted relatively quickly during the previous session of Congress, and there are proposals floating around to change the federal retirement system by using a formula of an employee's "high five" earning years instead of the "high three" earning years. The result would most likely be a reduction in your future retirement annuity. More
Federal workers' compensation payments called wasteful
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The law that compensates federal workers for lost pay and medical expenses due to job-related injuries or disease is vulnerable to fraud and should be audited by the Government Accountability Office, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said. Possible abuses of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act include payments to deceased individuals, recipients who are double-dipping through enrollment in other compensation programs and payments to retirees who have no intention of returning to work, Collins said in a statement. More
Aging: Mediterranean diet as brain food
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The Mediterranean diet — heavy on vegetables, fish and olive oil, with moderate amounts of wine — may be associated with slower rates of mental decline in the elderly. Some previous studies have suggested that the diet has beneficial effects for the brain, but the evidence has not been strong. A new report analyzed data from a continuing study of 3,790 Chicago residents 65 and older that began in 1993. The researchers tested the subjects' mental acuity at three-year intervals, and tracked their degree of adherence to the Mediterranean diet on a 55-point scale. More
Health IT sees key market in family caregivers
Family caregivers who use technology to assist them in caring for their family members or close friends are confident that emerging technologies, like mobile health devices and personal health records, will bring significant benefits to both them and their care recipients. More
4 ways to stay employed after age 50
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Older workers are generally less likely to lose their jobs than younger employees. But new research suggests that this older worker employment advantage is due mostly to spending more time with their current employer. Once you control for job tenure, older employees are actually more likely to lose their jobs than younger workers, according to a new Urban Institute analysis of Census Bureau data. Here's a look at what keeps workers employed after age 50. More
Older workers are keeping a tighter grip on jobs
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The American work force is getting older. More people over 55 are working while fewer people under that age are employed. The Labor Department's household survey in December found that 28.2 million people over 55 years of age had jobs, an increase of 7.6 percent from three years earlier, when the recession was beginning. More
Travel deals: Separating the deals from the duds
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American Airlines' recent pullout from online travel giant Orbitz has dominated news headlines, but there's a bigger struggle waging in the travel world: misleading deals. Online travel options will remain vastly available for consumers, experts say, but travelers shouldn't let their guard down and need to be vigilant and discriminating when booking travel. More
2011 CES: Innovations a boon for boomers
Tablet computers, touch screens, motion-based computer controls, 3-D TVs and camcorders, interactive fitness equipment — this year's Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas had it all. As electronic devices get touch screens, simpler interfaces and other upgrades, the gadgets are becoming easier to use for people of all ages, says Elie Gindi, founder of Eldergadget.com, a website that includes reviews of electronics and other products suitable for people over 65. More
A NARFE member asks about credit for prior service
Question: I worked for the Postal Service for 13 years, from November 1986 to November 1999, as a Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) employee. When I left the Postal Service, I did not pull any funds from my FERS account. I was rehired by the federal government in December 2010. I was born in 1963, and I'm currently 47 years old. What is my earliest eligible retirement age, and will all of my government service be considered when I do retire? More
Don't wait until the last minute, register for NARFE's 2011 Legislative Training Conference now
When will legislative advocacy be more important to you as a NARFE member? Never. NARFE predicts that the 112th Congress will be the most challenging in a generation for federal employees and retirees. That is why your attendance at NARFE's 2011 Legislative Training Conference is so important. The conference is scheduled for March 5-8 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. On the last day of the conference, attendees will go to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. Conference registration closes Feb. 8. More
Enter NARFE's photo contest
Have you taken any great photos lately? NARFE is looking for your best. The deadline for the 2011 NARFE Photo Calendar Contest is Feb. 11. Winning photos in the annual competition appear in NARFE's yearly calendar. The photos in the 2011 contest will appear in the 2012 calendar. More
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