Republicans introduce 2-week continuing resolution extension
House Republicans introduced a spending bill that would keep most government agencies operating at current levels through March 18, but cut some $4 billion in money for earmarked projects and other programs. The legislation would fund government after an existing continuing resolution expires March 4. If lawmakers and the White House can't reach a deal by then, much of the government would close. More
More long-term care patients join managed care plans
To rein in rising Medicaid costs, states are increasingly requiring their frailest and most expensive patients—the elderly and disabled who need long-term care—to enroll in managed care plans, Kaiser Health News/USA Today report. The nursing home industry and patients worry that managed care plans' focus on keeping costs down will make it hard for patients to get the care they need. More
What a government shutdown would look like
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The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association has created some alarming visuals of what a federal government shutdown might look like if Congress cannot agree by its deadline on a spending plan for the current fiscal year. NARFE's photo set warns of no airport security officers on hand to screen travelers; jammed traffic in a snowstorm, as drivers got no advance warning from the National Weather Service; and veterans hospitals that lack nurses to attend the sick. This, the association says, is what American life would look like without federal employees. More
What a shutdown would mean for you
With no agreement yet in Congress on how to fund agencies after the continuing resolution expires March 4, the threat of a government shutdown appears likely. The Federal Times staff researched your questions about how pay, annuities, benefits, facilities, technology and contract work would be handled during a shutdown. More
Fiber seems to be linked to a reduced risk of disease in people older than 50
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A study analyzed medical and food consumption data on 388,122 adults older than 50. In a nine-year span, 31,456 of them died. People who routinely consumed the most fiber — an average of 24 grams daily for men, 26 for women — were 22 percent less likely to have died in this time than were those whose diets included the least amount of fiber. More
'The talk' with mom and dad
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It's an agonizing discussion for adult children: whether elderly parents can no longer live on their own. Some 42 percent of adults between ages 45 and 65 cite the topic as the most difficult one to discuss with their parents, according to a 2006 survey of 1,000 people by Home Instead Inc., an Omaha, Neb., provider of in-home care. And 31 percent said their biggest communication obstacle is getting stuck in the parent-child roles of the past. More
Reinvent your resume at any age
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Nearly 14 million Americans are unemployed. And for older workers, finding a new job can be especially difficult. According to a study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization, for those 62 and older, the likelihood of finding a job within a year is only 18 percent. That's reason enough to take care when updating your resume so that you aren't signaling to prospective employers that you're past your professional prime. More
Are you part of the retirement tsunami? Where will you retire?
If you are a financially responsible individual, you will do a thorough financial check-up of your ability to live comfortably after you retire. Will you be able to afford living the lifestyle you want in a location that reflects your personal preferences? You may conclude you cannot live the lifestyle you want. If so, here is an option you may not have considered for your retirement: living outside of the United States. More
How vacationers can benefit from a travel agent
Bad weather, natural disasters and civil unrest are eventualities that are giving travelers a run for their money, and through it all, travel agents are having to do a lot more hand-holding. "The unexpected does happen, and in those situations it helps to have a travel professional to help you change plans, make cancellations and figure out what you are going to do," says Johanna Jainchill, a senior editor for Travel Weekly. More
How to take advantage of store credit cards
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Store credit cards often sound like amazing deals, thanks primarily to aggressive sales clerks. They often sound too good to be true. And the reality is that store credit cards tend to have higher interest rates and not-so-great rewards programs after the introductory offer has been taken advantage of. They also tend not to carry any of the usual benefits and protections of standard credit cards. More
A NARFE member asks about the effect of a government shutdown on annuity payments
Question: Will I still receive my monthly annuity if Congress does not pass another continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating? More
NARFE urges members to 'fight back by telephone'
On March 8, some 300 NARFE officers and advocates are scheduled to go to Capitol Hill to meet with their lawmakers as part of NARFE's biennial Legislative Training Conference. They will be speaking out against cuts in federal retirement, pay and health benefits. NARFE is urging all members to join in this effort by calling toll-free to their congressional delegation on March 8. More
Let the 90th anniversary celebrations begin
NARFE celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. To help members mark the occasion, the Association has three products for sale at nominal prices: a NARFE history book, a NARFE history PowerPoint presentation for chapters and federations to use at meetings and conventions, and a commemorative anniversary pin. NARFE is "90 Years Strong" in 2011. Show your pride, and purchase these anniversary items today. More
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