Medicare bill would hike costs to federal workers
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Four Republican senators have introduced legislation designed to improve Medicare, but with federal employees paying a price. Under the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act, Medicare recipients would enroll in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky., the main sponsor of the bill, said it would save taxpayers $1 trillion over 10 years. He acknowledged, however, that the legislation would result in higher premiums for federal employees. More
Senate rejects extension of pay freeze
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The Senate on March 13 rejected an amendment to freeze federal pay for a third year. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., proposed adding another year to the current two-year pay-scale freeze to help pay for a wide range of tax deductions and credits, but the Senate voted down his amendment, 41-57. He introduced the amendment to the Senate's transportation bill, S. 1813, on March 8. Federal employee unions and other groups denounced the pay freeze proposal and urged senators to reject it, saying a longer freeze would cost federal employees another $26 billion over a decade. More
For federal workers, a path to part-time retirement?
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The Washington Post asked federal workers: Would you consider phasing into retirement by drawing a partial annuity, working part time and mentoring younger employees? Would such an arrangement interest you? Why or why not? More
Pace of retirements expected to pick up, along with the price tag
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One decade from now, federal retirement will carry a much larger price tag. According to multiple reports by the Congressional Budget Office and analyzed by The Washington Post, the number of federal retirees is likely to grow by 10 percent during the next decade, and total spending on federal retirement will increase by about 30 percent during the same time. More
Is this the end of long-term care insurance?
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Shopping for long-term care insurance? You should expect higher costs and a tougher approval process as a growing number of household-name insurers quit selling the policies. Prudential Financial said it plans to stop taking applications as of March 30 for individual long-term care policies, which help pay for nursing home, assisted living and home care. That will make it the 10th of the top 20 insurers by sales to announce that it is leaving that market in the past five years, according to Limra International, a research firm. More
5 habits of highly successful dieters
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Eat less, exercise more. That's the recipe for losing weight, and we all know it by heart. So if we want to get slimmer, and we know the formula, then why can't we do it? Commitment is important — in fact, it's essential — but it's only the beginning. The key to successful dieting is bridging the gap between what you want to do and actually doing it. The desire is there; you just need a plan. More
Caregivers help elders stay at home longer
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For many people, home care is a smart option that enables a person, including a parent or spouse, with health problems or other limitations to continue to enjoy life at home. At first glance, the list of home-care services can appear daunting. Home-care agencies can offer families peace of mind. They conduct background checks and handle other necessary procedures when hiring care attendants, who are employees of the agency. More
Top 7 qualities employers are looking for in candidates
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There are three Cs to getting the kind of job you want and earning the kind of money you want to earn. These three Cs basically remain constant throughout your working career. They are contacts, credibility and competence. More
Workers look toward retirement with dread
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A ruthless job market, suffocating household debt and a shocking decline in the stock market have left millions of Americans feeling fragile and with little confidence they will ever have the money to retire. Retirement confidence is at a historic low: Only 14 percent of Americans are very confident that they will be able to retire with adequate money, according to research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. More
15 international food etiquette rules that might surprise you
You have good manners, right? After all, you (usually) keep your elbows off the table and say, "Please pass the salt," right? But when you head abroad, things get a little more complicated. Case in point: Rest your chopsticks the wrong way, and you might remind a Japanese friend of their grandmother's funeral. More
Scammers using Microsoft's name to gain remote access to consumer's computer
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The Better Business Bureau is alerting consumers of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from Microsoft. The caller offers to solve a consumer's computer problems or sell him or her a software license, all in an effort to gain remote-control access to the consumer's computer. Pam Webster called the BBB to report she received a phone call from a "Microsoft employee" who told her he had recognized a virus on her computer. From almost the instant the conversation started, Webster realized this call was not made with good intentions. More
NARFE and Federal-Postal Coalition win Senate vote
NARFE is hailing defeat of a Senate amendment on Tuesday, March 13, that would have targeted federal employees for a third consecutive year of a pay freeze. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin called the action "our own Super Tuesday." He said the defeat of the amendment "should be celebrated as a classic combination of constituent pressure and coordinated coalition efforts, including NARFE legislative staff." NARFE and the Federal-Postal Coalition had sent letters to every senator opposing the amendment, which its sponsor, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., had attempted to attach to a major highway bill. "Although we are relieved that this latest affront to America's federal workers failed, we're still on guard for the next attempt to weaken our federal workforce and the vital services and protections it provides," Beaudoin said. Click here to see how your senators voted on the amendment (a Nay vote supports NARFE's position).
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