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Average federal health premium to rise 7.2 percent
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Federal employees' health insurance premiums will increase at a far greater rate than their pay next year, but less than the premiums of many private-sector workers. The average increase for enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will be 7.2 percent, the Office of Personnel Management recently said. More


Employees uneasy about retirement and Social Security
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The Great Recession and increasing concerns about the future of Social Security have led Americans to find new ways to build retirement income, according to a new survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Approximately 69 percent of the employees surveyed said they believe retirement savings accounts are extremely important in providing protection for themselves and their families. Perhaps most strikingly, three out of five employees surveyed are not confident that they will receive Social Security when they retire, with nearly 60 percent of those who said they lack confidence in the government insurance program saying they are putting more money into savings accounts. More

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Senate approves bill to increase telework
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The Senate approved legislation Sept. 29 to increase federal telework programs. The bill gives each federal agency 180 days to determine the telework eligibility of all its employees and establish a policy under which those eligible could telework. It also requires agencies to incorporate telework into their continuity of operations plans to avoid government shutdowns in cases of bad weather or disaster, such as the blizzard that shut down much of Washington in February. More

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HHS announces $68 million in long-term-care grants
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The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced $68 million in grants to support community living for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The grants are funded through the health care reform law. More

Helping someone with cancer
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Many people know someone with cancer, a friend, a relative or a colleague at work and want to help, but don't know how to go about offering it or what kind of support they can give. There are lots of things you can do, but perhaps a good place to start is to recognize that you should do only what feels right for you, whether that's just listening, or giving practical help. More


4 ways to combat age bias in the job market
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If you're over 55 and job hunting, you already know it's tough out there. Unemployed older workers are spending far longer looking for work than their younger counterparts. The latest data from the Labor Department shows that laid-off workers 55 and older spent an average of 35 weeks looking for work, compared with 30 weeks for 25 to 54 year-olds. More

Boomers consider the Midwest for low-cost living
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Seniors and Baby Boomers are looking for ways to live cheaply but at what cost? According to a new survey by Coldwell Banker, looks like they'll be heading to the Midwest. More

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Thanksgiving holiday airfares up 10 percent vs. last year
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Flying over Thanksgiving will cost you more than it did last year, and the days you travel could make a significant difference to your wallet. The average domestic airfare over the November holiday is $384 round trip, up 10 percent compared with last year, according to Travelocity, the online travel agency, which reviewed ticket prices. Travelers could end up paying as much as $170 more for the average priced ticket if they fly out the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and return on Sunday, versus shifting their itinerary by a couple of days. More

Save money: 6 ways to shop smart online
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Shopping online has never been so easy and so is saving, but not everyone is taking advantage of coupons and price comparison websites. In the October edition of ShopSmart magazine, a product of Consumer Reports, the editors take a look at six ways to save money when buying online. ShopSmart recommends starting your product search with price comparison websites. The magazines looked at 25 of them and determined which offered the most savings and were easiest to use. More

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A NARFE member asks about the rules for withdrawing money from a Thrift Savings Plan account
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Question: I have read that you cannot withdraw money from an individual retirement account before age 59-1/2 without penalty. Do these rules also apply to the Thrift Savings Plan? More

FEHBP premium increase is burden for federal employees and annuitants
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NARFE President Margaret L. Baptiste has expressed concern that federal annuitants and workers will be burdened by the premium increases announced Oct. 1 in the federal employee/retiree health insurance program. "The overall average Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) premium increase of 7.3 percent for 2011 will be difficult for federal annuitants to bear in a year when no retirement cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is expected and when the federal employee pay raise is anticipated to be minimal or could be cut altogether," Baptiste said. 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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