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NARFE-PAC makes pre-election push for donations
NARFE
With elections around the corner, NARFE-PAC's clout shows now more than during any other time of the year. After the elections, another round of budget fights is sure to threaten federal and employee interests once again. Help yourself NOW by giving to NARFE-PAC, "The Federal Employee and Retiree Defense Fund," before it's too late. NARFE members can donate via the NARFE website at www.narfe.org/narfepac/, or by using the coupon on page 15 of the October issue of narfe magazine.
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NARFE extends membership drive through Dec. 31
NARFE
Based on requests by NARFE members at the Association's National Convention in Orlando, the membership drive originally planned for September only has been extended through the end of the year. NARFE will give members $10 for each new member, current OR retired, who joins between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. In addition, recruiters will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet, once for each new member recruited. The recruiter's ID number must be on the application to qualify. Applications must be postmarked, and calls or website joins must be received, by the Dec. 31 deadline. For more details, go to www.narfe.org, log in and click on the Membership Drive banner on the NARFE home page.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Health benefits
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Question: My husband and I are planning to retire and want to know the requirement for adding a spouse to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. I have self-only coverage as a federal employee, and my spouse’s coverage under a union plan will end when he retires.
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NARFE finds votes impacting feds, retirees 'more polarized than ever'
Federal News Radio
Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers were among those in Congress who consistently voted in favor of federal workers and retirees, according to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association's latest scorecard. NARFE released its analysis one month ahead of November's elections, breaking down how each member of the 113th Congress voted. Out of 535 members of Congress, 207 voted 100 percent of the time in accordance with NARFE on key bills.
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CFCs optimistic about topping shutdown-plagued 2013 season
Federal Times
As the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign kicks into high gear, federal employees and campaigns across the country believe they will bounce back from the record-low donations of 2013. Last year, a prolonged government shutdown and extensive furloughs cut donations to the lowest levels in more than 15 years — falling from $258.3 million in 2012 to less than $210 million in 2013. But while campaigns are optimistic they will beat last year's goals, contributions might not reach earlier years.
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Little change to retirement backlog in September
FedSmith
The backlog of retirement applications at the Office of Personnel Management stayed relatively flat in September. At the end of August, the backlog stood at 13,097 and it was down to 12,767 at the end of September, a reduction of only 330. However, more claims were processed by OPM than were received: 6,680 claims were processed in September against 6,350 new claims that came in during the month.
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5 tips for long-term care insurance
The Tennessean
Let's start with some good news: Americans are living longer. But that comes with bad news: We're getting sicker, too, so our increased longevity means more and more of us will require long-term care. In fact, research from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reveals that at least 70 percent of people 65 or older will need long-term care at some point in their lives.
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HEALTH


5 illnesses linked to vitamin D deficiency
Everyday Health
Vitamin D has many health benefits, from promoting bone and muscle growth to lowering high blood pressure. Studies suggest it may even help ease fibromyalgia pain and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. But the opposite is also true: Not getting enough vitamin D can hurt your health in ways you may not expect.
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8 best all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas
Touropia
The Bahamas are a very popular place to get away for a perfect Caribbean vacation. It boasts the same white beaches, colorful fish, wonderful people and palm trees as other Caribbean islands, but also comes with a reasonable price tag. By choosing to stay at an all-inclusive hotel, resort-goers can save even more while ensuring a perfect vacation.
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5 ways baby boomer job seekers can build an online presence
U.S. News & World Report
If you're job searching, hiring managers and recruiters are probably searching for you online. And if your online presence consists of nothing or photos from a 2008 family reunion, you're missing the boat. "It shows you didn't get the memo," says Phyllis Mufson, a Sarasota, Florida-based career coach.
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CONSUMER TIPS


What you need to know about the JPMorgan Chase cyberattack
Mashable
JPMorgan Chase revealed Oct. 2 that it had sustained a cyberattack that compromised the contact information of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses. Experts say that it's a crisis situation for the bank, though it's uncertain what the hackers will do with the stolen data. "It's fresh, it's huge, and it's a target list of people who qualify for Chase accounts," Tod Beardsley, engineering manager at security firm Rapid7, told Mashable in an email.
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Disclaimer: The articles that appear in NARFE NewsWatch are chosen from a variety of sources to reflect topics of interest to active and retired federal employees. With the exception of Federal Benefits Question of the Week and News From NARFE, an article's inclusion in NARFE NewsWatch does not imply that the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) endorses, supports or verifies its contents or expressed opinions. Factual errors are the responsibility of the listed publication.

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