Member alert — Tomorrow is NARFE National Call Congress, President Obama Day
NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is asking each member to call President Barack Obama, your two senators and your representative on July 27 and let your views be known. Your representatives in Washington are making decisions now that will affect your benefits and retirement. Take 10 minutes tomorrow to help save your benefits. For instructions on calling and toll-free numbers to use, click here.
As debt deadline nears, federal employees feel anxiety
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Federal employees have reason to worry that the present may foreshadow the future. Two recent events may give federal workers pause as the clock ticks toward Aug. 2, the deadline to raise the debt ceiling. Nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Authority employees, including about 1,000 in the Washington area, were furloughed because Congress could not reach an agreement that would keep them on the job. At the same time, the Social Security Administration announced it will close its field offices 30 minutes early beginning Aug. 15 because a budget cut means it can't afford employee overtime. More
Bipartisan Gang of Six endorses lower COLAs for federal retirees
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A bipartisan group of senators recently presented a deficit-reduction proposal that would mean lower cost-of-living adjustments for federal and military retirees. The group, known as the Gang of Six, said the government should switch to the so-called chained Consumer Price Index to set all inflationary adjustments, including COLAs for federal and military pensions and Social Security payments. The senators' plan would cut deficits by about $3.7 trillion over a decade. President Barack Obama called the plan "good news" and said it appeared to be a balanced approach. More
How to avoid an inheritance battle
We've all read about huge family fortunes squandered in legal battles between siblings after the patriarch or matriarch dies. While most of us wouldn't make national headlines regarding our estate-planning matters, the pain and destruction of inheritance feuds can be minimized, if not totally avoided. Interestingly, most of these fights aren't about money. More
Boomers becoming more obese, could result in high Medicare costs
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Baby boomers fear dying from cancer or losing their memory from Alzheimer's as they age. What they should be worrying about is their growing waistlines, as the generation's obesity problem can cause serious health risks and take a toll on the U.S. health care system in the not-so-distant future. A new poll found baby boomers are more obese than past generations, which can make for some unpleasant and unhealthy senior years. Part of the problem is a sedentary lifestyle. More
Family members, dementia patients can benefit from adult day care services
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Adult day care services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, according to a team of Penn State and Virginia Tech researchers. "Family members who care for dementia patients are susceptible to experiencing high levels of stress," said Steven Zarit, professor and head, department of human development and family studies, Penn State. "One way of alleviating that stress is through the use of an adult day care center, which allows them a predictable break from caregiving responsibilities." More
Job search tips for middle-aged professionals
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Five years ago, Christine Anne Corrigan had a solid job and a high five-figure salary as a business manager. Today, she is one of many middle-aged Americans who have been laid off and are in search of a job. Corrigan scours the Internet regularly, searching job sites and checking up with friends. She prefers "in-person" or "over the phone" to Facebook, though, and doesn't have a Twitter account. More
Survey: 73 percent of Americans not living within their means
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Americans are showing resilience in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but their advisors report that they are not doing a good enough job of saving or living within their means, a survey showed. Only 10 percent of the advisors surveyed said their clients are able to easily visualize their financial dreams. About 75 percent of advisors said not saving enough was the primary roadblock to their clients' financial success, and 73 percent said they live beyond their means. More
Study highlights best, worst cities for tourist taxes
A list of the top five 2011 U.S. cities with the lowest and highest tourism taxes is out, showing cost differences of as much as 56 percent on average, according to an annual study by the Global Business Travel Association Foundation. Listed as the five lowest tax-burdened cities out of 50 destinations, three Florida cities topped the list with Fort Lauderdale in first, Fort Myers in second and West Palm Beach in third. All are in both general sales tax and travel-related services such as car rental, hotel and meals. More
Identity theft tips: What to keep out of your wallet
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More than 8 million Americans were the victims of identity theft last year. The personal information that thieves are looking for can often be found right in your wallet — which is why it's so important to know what's in there. More
A NARFE member asks about a survivor's eligibility to continue federal vision and dental insurance coverage
Question: My wife is not on my Federal Employees Health Benefits Program plan; she has her own. But she is on my Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plan. She will be entitled to a survivor annuity. Will she be able to continue in the FEDVIP program as a single member? More
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