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A negative poll for federal workers
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More than half of Americans say they think that federal workers are overpaid for the work they do, and more than a third think they are less qualified than those working in the private sector, according to a Washington Post poll. Half also say the men and women who keep the government running do not work as hard as employees at private companies. More


Studies highlight high Medicare costs for people in nursing homes
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Medicare beneficiaries who reside in long-term care facilities account for an excessive and preventable portion of Medicare spending because of high rates of hospitalization, emergency room visits and skilled nursing care, according to reports recently released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The findings suggest policymakers looking to trim Medicare expenditures in accordance with the new federal health care law may want to take a closer look at developing a more coordinated system of care for this narrow subset of the Medicare population. More

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New retirees shortchanged: 6- to 12-month waits for full pension checks
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Energy Department employees Karen and Lavelle Adams of Upper Marlboro, Md., retired in June. Since then, it's been a nightmare. They get only partial pension checks — half or less of what they say they are entitled to — until the Office of Personnel Management sorts out exactly what they should be getting, a process that could take between six and 12 months. Meanwhile, to keep up with mortgage and bill payments, the Adamses withdrew retirement savings from their Thrift Savings Plan — at a 20 percent penalty. More

Telework bill has changed
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Of the various pending proposals affecting federal personnel policies, expansion of teleworking looks to be the most likely to be enacted, since only a final House vote now is needed. However, that bill has changed as it has moved through the legislative process. Most notably, an original provision generally requiring that persons eligible to telework be allowed to do so at least 20 percent of their time was dropped. More

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Taking early retirement may also retire memory
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The two economists call their paper "Mental Retirement," and their argument has intrigued behavioral researchers. Data from the United States, England and 11 other European countries suggest that the earlier people retire, the more quickly their memories decline. More

Love and pain relief
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Love really can be a drug, according to new research that shows feelings of intense love can relieve pain. Researchers from Stanford University studied the link between love and pain by scanning the brains of 15 college students who all professed to being deeply in love. The eight women and seven men were placed in brain scanners that tracked their body's response to pain — in this case a heated probe placed on the palm of the hand. More


Working in retirement: Finding the best way to apply career experience
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Talk about raising the retirement age and you've got a silver riot on your hands. But an increasing number of Americans, whether it's because they need the money or want to try something new, are choosing to work in their retirement. And we're not just talking about working at Home Depot or the library — there are a huge range of opportunities for encore careers that utilize the skills people acquire in their careers as doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. More

Older workers and the job market
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The long-term aging of the work force is creating a new and important challenge for management, one that has been exacerbated by this Great Recession. Older workers are deciding that it makes sense to stay in the work force longer — not only because they are living longer, but now also because of the uncertainty associated with their retirement income. Retirement investments and 401(k)s have taken a hit, but arguably more important is the sense that it may happen again and that a prudent older individual needs to keep at least a foot in the labor force to hedge their financial bets. More

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United States counterterror official: Euro plot still active
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A European terrorist plot is still enough of a threat for the U.S. to keep its current travel advisory, the U.S. State Department's counterterrorism coordinator said. Earlier this month, the State Department advised American citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions following reports that terrorists may be plotting attacks on a European city, possibly a shooting spree or other type of attack similar to the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks in India. More

When free shipping isn't
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Nothing is more annoying than seeing a great online deal upended by high shipping and handling costs. Shoppers abandon almost half of their potential purchases at checkout, and high shipping charges are the number one reason. In response, stores have stepped up free shipping promotions and formed "shipping clubs," which charge an annual fee to cover postage on all your orders, no matter how small. More

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A NARFE member asks about Medicare B premiums for 2011
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Question: Can NARFE tell me what federal annuitants who don't receive Social Security benefits will have to pay in 2011 for Medicare Part B? More

Action Alert: Contact Congress on proposed $250 payment to older Americans
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NARFE President Margaret L. Baptiste has issued an Action Alert, asking all NARFE members to urge their members of Congress to include retired public service employees in any legislation offering a $250 payment to older Americans. On October 14, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that, when Congress reconvenes for a "lame duck" session after the elections, the House of Representatives will consider legislation that would provide a $250 payment to Social Security recipients, veterans and individuals with disabilities (recipients of disability insurance under Social Security). More

NARFE Photo Calendar contest begins
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Each year, NARFE publishes a Photo Calendar, showcasing the winners of its annual Photo Calendar Contest. Members should have just received their 2011 NARFE calendar. Now, it's time for NARFE photographers to enter this year's contest. These photos will be used for the 2012 NARFE Calendar. More

Chapter meetings are good source of Open Season information
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NARFE members should make a special point to attend their October and November chapter meetings. In these months, chapters often schedule speakers representing major health plans to discuss their companies' 2011 FEHBP offerings.

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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