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Feds' health premiums to increase 3.8 percent
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Federal employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay 3.8 percent more, on average, for health insurance in 2012. They will see no significant changes in benefits, the Office of Personnel Management said. The rate increase is the lowest since 2008. More

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Federal retirees could receive COLA boost for first time since 2008    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal retirees likely will receive a cost-of-living adjustment in December for the first time since 2008 — a fact largely lost in the current debate over proposals targeting federal pay and benefits. The COLA for federal retirees and Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients could be nearly 4 percent as of Dec. 1, based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More

Contractor executives paid 64 percent more than feds
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A growing gap between federal and private-sector executives' pay may drive some of the government's most talented leaders to leave public service, federal employee groups said. Government contractor executives are paid 64 percent more on average than their federal counterparts in the Baltimore-Washington region, according to a new study. More

FAA workers furloughed in shutdown get back pay
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Nearly 4,000 workers who were furloughed in a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration this summer were told in an email that they will receive back pay. The back pay will be in the workers' Oct. 18 paychecks, according to a copy of the email from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. More


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Top 5 underestimated retirement expenses
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Retiring has become a bigger challenge over the past few years due to declining asset values, high unemployment and a volatile stock market. In this environment, it's more important than ever to figure out what you'll need in your senior years. Good planning goes a long way to ensuring financial security, but even the best laid plans can be upset by unexpected events. More

Study: Daily aspirin tied to risk of vision loss
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Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, according to a European study. The data do not show that aspirin causes vision loss. But the findings, published in Opthalmology, are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, given how many seniors take it daily for heart disease. More

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Caregivers regret angry words born of frustration
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Not long after Mary Gemmill's husband, who already had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, learned he also had lung cancer, she had one of those caregiver meltdown moments that people don't talk much about. She caught her husband hiding cigarettes, and she exploded. A retired nurse, she knew he was going to die — the death came two months after his diagnosis — and it didn't really matter much whether he smoked. But she also knew his addiction to cigarettes had made him sick in the first place. Caregivers are sheepish about their weakness, they feel guilty that they didn't live up to some Hallmark-movie-standard of saintly caregiver behavior. More

Your resume shouldn't be a tell-all novel
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For career changers, resume writing can be daunting, but fret no more. Before you craft a single sentence, here's the one and only guideline you will need to know on whether to include something in your resume: Does this information position me the way I want to be seen? More

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Hotel rates near pre-recession prices — and rising
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Get ready for hotel rates to rise above pre-recession prices. In the first week of September, the average room rate in the United States rose to $107, just short of the high mark of $110 set in March 2008, according to the latest statistics from Smith Travel Research Global in Tennessee. Over the last three years, hotel rates have been a moving target. More

Tips and tricks for avoiding new bank fees
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Many banks are inventing brand new fees to stick you with — and raising the ones they dreamt up years ago. Fortunately, there are workarounds to avoid these "gotchas." When Congress and the Federal Reserve passed new laws and rules that rob banks of some of their favorite fees, the industry came up with some new ones. Americans now use debit cards more than credit cards. And that, experts say, is why banks are now looking to cash in on your debit cards. More

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A NARFE member asks about the Medicare special enrollment period
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Question: I am 66 years old, and I am still working. I know there is a 10 percent late-enrollment surcharge on top of the Medicare Part B premium for each year that you are not enrolled in Part B but could have been. However, I also understand that there is a "special enrollment period" without the 10 percent penalty under certain circumstances. Please explain the special enrollment period. More

NARFE says 3.8 percent increase in FEHBP premiums is comparable to private sector; calls for action on drug costs
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NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin said the Association is "relieved" that the average premium in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will rise in 2012 at a rate that's comparable to private- and other public-sector health insurance premiums — up 3.8 percent from the year before. "Although modest, this increase will cause some federal workers and retirees to struggle," Beaudoin added. More

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