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Deficit divisions likely to grow after election
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A midterm campaign that has turned heavily on the issue of the mounting federal debt is likely to yield a government even more split over what to do about it, people in both parties say, with diminished Democrats and reinforced Republicans confronting internal divisions even as they dig in against the other side. More

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What is FEGLI?
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FEGLI is one of the many government programs with an acronym that is meaningless to the outside world and, perhaps, also unknown to many federal employees. It stands for Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance. FEGLI is group term life insurance. It does not build up cash value. You cannot take a loan out against your FEGLI insurance. More

Top 5 most expensive, top 5 cheapest states for nursing home/assisted living care
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Alaska is the most expensive state for nursing home care. According to a survey released by Metlife's Mature Market Institute, the average cost for a private room in Alaska was a whopping $687 a month. The next closest state is Connecticut, at $376, followed by Hawaii ($364), New York ($350) and Massachusetts ($329). More

Protect yourself against Medicare fraud
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More than 40 members of what is said to be an Armenian-American crime syndicate were recently arrested and charged in an extensive Medicare fraud. Prosecutors say the suspects stole the identities of doctors and thousands of patients, using them at more than 100 bogus health clinics in 25 states to bill Medicare for more than $100 million. On Oct. 21, officials at a chain of mental health clinics in Miami were charged with making $200 million in fraudulent claims for group therapy sessions that authorities said were unnecessary or never provided. More

What happened to "Honest Abe?"

Last year the U.S. Mint issued 4 different commemoratives cents to honor Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. They vanished into thin air! Luckily we found a supply in Wells Fargo's vault. Hurry! This could be your last chance to get these one-year-only commemoratives.

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Some worry public attitudes may derail federal raises
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Just how bad is the environment for federal employees right now? Jessica Klement, the government affairs director for the Federal Managers Association, said federal employees might not get their annual pay raises if the nation's "hostile" attitudes toward feds hold out. A Washington Post poll recently published found that majorities of Americans think feds are overpaid and underworked. More

A one-shot $250 check for retired feds?
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Instead of a cost of living adjustment for retirees in 2011, Congress and the White House are likely to push through a proposal that gives Social Security recipients and veterans a one-shot $250 check instead. But what about retired federal employees? "Unfortunately, the proposal would not include the federal, state and local retirees who are not eligible for Social Security," said Dan Adcock, legislative director for National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. More

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Smokers burnt by Alzheimer's risk later in life
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Heavy smoking in middle age may more than double the risk of Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a large population-based study. The prospective cohort study of more than 21,000 people found that those who smoked more than two packs a day developed dementia of any kind twice as often as nonsmokers, Rachel A. Whitmer, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., and colleagues reported. More



Why older workers may not be getting hired
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With the ongoing economic and related job woes, one group that seems to have more difficulty are those in the mid-career stages, particularly those in the 50-plus age group. They feel targeted, in that no one will hire them or recognize their skills or value. A consistent theme occurs with this population: they live in the past. More

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When the family needs an umpire
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The home care aide didn't expect her new charge to be particularly cantankerous. After all, she had worked for the elderly woman's sister for four years, and they'd gotten along well. But the new relationship was rocky from the start. More than once the aide received confusing calls from the 88-year-old woman late at night. More



Adult day care centers see rapid expansion during past 8 years
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As home and community based solutions for senior living evolve, Adult Day Services is experiencing rapid growth across the United States. According to a new study by MetLife Mature Market Institute, the number of Adult Day Services centers have grown to over 4,600 locations nationwide, which represents a 35 percent increase since 2002. More

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Road warrior survival guide: Airline ticket strategies
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Finally, airlines are seeing good economic results. But those third-quarter profits might end up leading to higher prices if you don't know how to effectively navigate the ticketing process. When airlines begin making money—and they all made money, according to their third-quarter financials—they invariably try to push up ticket prices. It's part of the boom-and-bust cycle of commercial aviation: Airlines see revenues rise, push prices too high and add too much capacity, then crash as travelers resist the higher fares and leverage the extra seats for bargains. More

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Save more on big-ticket purchases
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The holiday season is just around the corner, and retailers are already gearing up for the hot gift of the year: refrigerators. According to many analysts, retailers are expected to offer more deals on home appliances and electronics in the run-up to the holidays than they did last year. More



A NARFE member asks about the backlog of retirement claims
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Question: What is OPM doing to address the backlog of retirement claims? More

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NARFE urges members: Keep the pressure on Congress
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin has renewed the call for NARFE members to urge their members of Congress to include retired public service employees in any legislation offering a $250 payment to older Americans. More

Join NARFE now before prices go up
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1, 2011. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More
 
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