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OPM to boost interim annuities for new retirees
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Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry pledged to increase new retirees' interim annuity payments — even if it means some will temporarily be overpaid. Currently, more than 38,000 recent retirees are receiving interim annuities — which are sometimes as low as half of what they are owed — for months while overwhelmed OPM employees calculate the correct amount. More


Saving money on health care costs
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As the federal Open Season begins, many employees are focused on health plan premiums and this year's increases. The Office of Personnel Management has reported that the average increase is 7 percent. Many plans had much higher increases, some actually reduced their premiums, and still others changed their benefits to limit the increases. More

Should you refinance if you're over 50?
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With interest rates near record lows, refinancing has never looked so tempting – especially for people nearing retirement who'd love some extra cash to pad their diminished savings. But for homeowners over 50, there's more to consider than just a lower rate. Carrying a mortgage into retirement has traditionally been considered a bad idea – ideally, you'd be as debt-free as possible when your income stops, financial planners say. More

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GOP-controlled House will give some bills new life
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What a difference an election day makes. Republican legislation affecting federal employees that went nowhere in an 111th Congress controlled by Democrats will now see the sun in the 112th, with the GOP in control of the House. Bills that would freeze or cut federal pay, fire federal workers who are delinquent taxpayers and limit or reduce the federal work force will soon get a friendlier hearing. More

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Health IT can help reduce rate of falls among elderly hospital patients
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Fall prevention tool kits (FPTK) administered with the help of health information technology has reduced the prevalence of these harmful incidents among older, hospitalized patients, according to a study that was conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers. "Falls are a public health problem worldwide. Hospitalization increases fall risk because of the unfamiliar environment, illnesses and treatments," said lead author Patricia C. Dykes. More

'60 Minutes' profiles midlife unemployed
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left"60 Minutes" offered a sobering look at the growing ranks of midlife unemployed workers cast out of high-paying professional occupations in Silicon Valley, Calif. The story underscores the desperate straights many find themselves in as their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits run out and competition for jobs remains extraordinary. More


Why women should be concerned with long-term care issues
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Long-term care (LTC) is a huge issue facing clients today, and it is particularly important that women understand the risk they face in having LTC become part of their life — as a caregiver, the cared-for or both. This risk can take a physical, mental and financial toll on women who are thrust into the role of caretaker, as well as have a catastrophic financial impact on women needing LTC services. Families need to be aware of what they will face if they do not plan ahead for this risk, both emotionally and financially. More

U.S. retirement system gets a solid 'C' but towards the bottom of the barrel
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How does the U.S. retirement system match up against the rest of the world? Pretty poorly, according to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index. The United States had the tenth best retirement system as evaluated by the survey in 2010 with a score of 57.3, a decrease from its previous ranking in 2009 of number six. The cause for the decrease has been the continued decline in retirement asset values, such as housing equity and retirement funds as well as the ballooning debt of the government, making the United States a solid C student. More

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Best new boutique hotels under $150
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CNN scoured the globe for the 20 best new boutique hotels under $150. You'll meet the owners; you'll kick back on your own private balcony; you'll eat homemade granola each morning; you'll never want to leave. More

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How 50 percent discounts really work
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Looking for a good deal? How's 50 percent off sound? Once a bargain-basement super-deal, getting half-off is now about what shoppers can – and should – expect from a sale, experts say. And in preparation for the holiday rush, stores have figured out how to give it to them and still turn a profit. Markdowns have already approached that level in toys and electronics, which account for much of holiday spending, says Alison Paul, leader of the retail practice for Deloitte. More

A NARFE member asks about the health reform law and the FEHBP
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Question: What does the new health reform law mean for Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) plans in 2011? More

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NARFE applauds Sen. Kerry for bill to protect federal retirees from the 2011 Medicare premium increase
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Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), recently praised Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., for his decision to introduce the "Medicare Premium Fairness Act" when the Senate convenes for the lame-duck session in mid-November. The bill would protect all Medicare beneficiaries — including federal civil service annuitants who are not eligible to receive Social Security — from an increase in their Part B premium in 2011, when they will not receive any cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). 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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