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Call to action: Sept. 16-20 is 'NARFE National Call Congress Week'
NARFE
Congress is returning to Washington after a five-week break and will continue negotiations over the 2014 budget, sequestration and the debt ceiling. A likely part of that conversation will be a switch to the Chained CPI. The proposed move from the current method (CPI-W) of determining annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to the Chained CPI would result in lower COLAs and hurt seniors already facing increasing costs. NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin is asking every NARFE member to help in the fight to oppose the Chained CPI by contacting his or her representative and senators during NARFE National Call Congress Week, Sept. 16-20. Beaudoin says, "The Association is undertaking a series of events the week of September 16 to draw attention to the Chained CPI and to urge members of Congress to oppose this change. We strongly encourage you to make your voice heard loud and clear!" Click here for phoning instructions.
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Coupons, coupons and more coupons!
NARFE
NARFE is organizing a press event on Sept. 18 to highlight the Chained CPI coupon campaign. The details are still being worked out, so stay tuned for more information. If you're in the Washington, D.C., area and would like to participate in the event, which will likely take place on Capitol Hill, please email leg@narfe.org. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of chapters and individual NARFE members who sent in coupons for the media campaign on the Chained CPI, NARFE has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in coupons — far above the $48,000 hoped for — allowing the Association to be even more creative in its upcoming media push.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Health coverage for spouse
NARFE
Question: I have had continuous federal health insurance coverage for more than five years. I will be retiring in the next few years, and my wife just landed a federal job. I have been carrying her on my policy, but we may decide to get two separate health plans because it is cheaper. However, she does not know if she will continue to work for the government toward her retirement or go back to the private sector. Either way, can I add her to my health insurance plan in retirement, or is it mandatory that she be included in my policy in advance of my retirement?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Obama issues plan for 1 percent pay raise next year
Government Executive
President Obama recently issued an alternative federal pay plan, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2014. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2014 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing a 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay rates for military service members.
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Wave of retirements hitting federal workforce
The Washington Post
A wave of retirements by senior federal employees has begun rolling across the government as aging baby boomers who held on to their jobs during the economic downturn are increasingly calling it quits.
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Union blasts plan for steep cuts to EPA
Government Executive
Congress will return after Labor Day far behind schedule on the 12 fiscal 2014 appropriations bills — only five have come to a House floor vote and none in the Senate — and the progress made this summer on the remainder has produced little bipartisan consensus. Exhibit A is the House version of the Interior and Environment appropriations bill, which cleared subcommittee in July proposing a 34 percent cut in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, a plan now being protested by the National Treasury Employees Union.
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Report: Military medical workers quit during furlough months
Federal Times
Nearly 3,400 military medical workers quit this year in the months when furloughs were threatened or being carried out because of spending cuts known as sequestration. The vast majority of those losses were with Army medical facilities.
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HEALTH


Broccoli could help prevent arthritis
TIME via CNN
Even if you're not a fan of broccoli, your joints may be. Nutritionists have rhapsodized about the various benefits of broccoli — the cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with vitamins A, B, K and C, as well as nutrients such as potassium, zinc and fiber — and arthritis sufferers may soon join them.
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For older women, one workout per week may be enough
CTV News
A new study finds that just one workout per week of both aerobic and resistance training can boost the health of women over the age of 60. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham monitored 63 women who performed combined aerobic exercise training and weight training for 16 weeks.
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Best places to retire on the cheap
Yahoo
Sure, you'd probably like to retire to Hawaii. But chances are you don’t really want to live in the U.S. state with the highest cost of living and the worst business climate — killer waves and majestic sunsets notwithstanding. These days, even if you aim to make your office exit on the (relatively) early side, and are considering a move, you need to think not only about affordability but also opportunity.
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SECOND CAREERS


Baby boomers find second careers with Encore U
U.S.News & World Report
The U.S. university system is arguably one of the nation's greatest assets for young students. Meanwhile, Encore.org would like to become one of the greatest assets for older students by harnessing schools to help alumni, employees and the public launch encore careers that "give back" — what the San Francisco nonprofit calls "second acts for the greater good."
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How to protect yourself from pickpockets and thieves when you travel
Forbes
When you travel overseas, there are three critical things that you need to protect: your personal safety, your identity documents, and money. While the security of other valuables that you carry is important, the consequences of having your identification papers stolen can cause you grave difficulty, delays, denial of boarding on ships and aircraft, and can even result in your inability to leave certain countries.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Avoid the rise in 'free plane ticket' scams
KOMO News
We all like vacations. We all like to get away. And most of us want to save money. Factor in millions of people age 50 and over with money to spend and time to spend it — and you've got the perfect storm for the "free airplane ticket" scam.
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